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F. W. de Klerk, South Africa’s last apartheid president, dies at 85

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South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and Deputy President F.W. de Klerk chat on May 8, 1996, outside Parliament after the approval of South Africa’s new constitution. F.W. de Klerk, who oversaw the end of South Africa’s country’s white minority rule, has died at 85 it was announced Thursday.

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JOHANNESBURG — F.W. de Klerk, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela and as South Africa’s last apartheid president oversaw the end of the country’s white minority rule, has died at the age of 85.

De Klerk died after a battle against cancer at his home in the Fresnaye area of Cape Town, a spokesman for the F.W. de Klerk Foundation confirmed on Thursday.

De Klerk was a controversial figure in South Africa where many blamed him for violence against Black South Africans and anti-apartheid activists during his time in power, while some white South Africans saw his efforts to end apartheid as a betrayal.

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