Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Zoleka Mandela, has died of cancer at 43, her family announced on Tuesday.
The novelist, who allegedly had a lengthy struggle with cancer, was admitted to the hospital on Monday as part of her continuous treatment, according to a family spokeswoman.
“Zoleka passed away… surrounded by friends and family,” Zwelabo Mandela said.
She was the child of Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindzi Mandela.
The family said recent tests indicated “significant” progress in the cancer that affected her hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain and spinal cord..
“We mourn the loss of a beloved grandchild of Mum Winnie and Madiba,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation wrote on social media, using the name by which the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was fondly known.
“Her work in raising awareness about cancer prevention and her unwavering commitment to breaking down the stigma surrounding the disease will continue to inspire us all.”