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Nelson Mandela hospitalized

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to the hospital due to complications from a recurring lung infection. He is listed in "serious but stable" condition.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 03: Nelson Mandela smiles during a lunch to Benefit the Mandela Children's Foundation as part of the celebrations of the opening of the new One&Only Cape Town resort on April 3, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa. The One&Only is Sol Kerzner's first hotel in his home country since 1992. The 130 room property is One&Only's first Urban resort and sits in the fashionable Waterfront district. Celebrities from all over the world including Mariah Carey, Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Thandie Newton and Marisa Tomei will attend the event. Gordon Ramsay will be launching his first restaurant in Africa at the resort, Maze and Robert De Niro will be opening Nobu. Nelson Mandela will be attending an intimate luncheon at Maze on Friday to celebrate his long-standing relationship with Mr. Kerzner. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela

Mandela was admitted to the hospital for the second time in two months on Saturday, with the office of President Jacob Zuma issuing a statement with the news.

"This morning at about 1:30 a.m. [2330 UTC Friday] his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital. He remains in a serious but stable condition," the statement read.

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Mandela, 94, was treated for pneumonia during a ten-day stay in the hospital back in April. He spent nearly three decades in jail as a result of his stance against the apartheid system in South Africa, but became president just a few years after he was released.

Mandela’s wife Graca Machel called off a trip to an international forum on hunger and nutrition in London on Saturday, to be at his bedside.

Known to many around the world by his clan name, Madiba, Mandela remains an inspiring figure in South Africa, and his past visits to the hospital have created waves of support and get-well wishes from South Africans and other admirers internationally.

He was South Africa's first black president and shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Price with former President Frederik Willem de Klerk; the foundation gave the duo the prize "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa."

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