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Nelson Mandela’s Life and Death, As Told by Social Media

By Vic Diaz (@TheVicDiaz)

The innovations that social media have provided us in this day and age has allowed us have provided us with a unique look at the life and times of the late Nelson Mandela. Celebrities and public figures have taken to twitter to pay their respects to the former South African diplomat.

Politicians, entrepreneurs and figures in the media all provided words of mourning for Mandela:

Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95 after a long battle with a lung illness that led him to spend his last days in the hospital. In a public statement, current South African President Jacob Zuma said of Mandela, “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.”

Mandela is best remembered for ending the Apartheid era in South Africa, a time in which racial segregation in the country finally came to a halt. The Nobel laureate is also known for his time spent imprisoned in Robben Island, in which he spread a message of peace.

Continuing in the spirit of modernization, the life of the man once known as “Madiba” has been documented in the form of a Facebook timeline. The Facebook page “The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela” illustrates the life and times of Mandela, highlighting his early life, his public works and his death.

A Facebook photo album was created illustrating key points in the life of the late Nelson Mandela.

A Facebook photo album was created illustrating key points in the life of the late Nelson Mandela.

The cover of the Facebook page "The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela" shows the late diplomat smiling and jubilant.

The cover of the Facebook page “The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela” shows the late diplomat smiling and jubilant.

The date in 1994 in which Mandela was elected president of South Africa is recorded in the Facebook timeline, complete with a link for further history.

The date in 1994 in which Mandela was elected president of South Africa is recorded in the Facebook timeline, complete with a link to view his inauguration speech.

Mandela's death is marked today on the Facebook timeline of the "Long Walk of Nelson Mandela" page.

Mandela’s death is marked today on the Facebook timeline of the “Long Walk of Nelson Mandela” page.

Celebrations will be held in Johannesburg and President Zuma has announced that a state funeral will be held in Mandela’s memory.

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