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WATCH | A look at FW de Klerk’s mixed legacy as apartheid-era statesman and Nobel laureate

Former president FW de Klerk died on November 11 after a long battle against ill-health

Former apartheid-era president FW de Klerk died in Cape Town on Thursday. His foundation said he died peacefully at home in Fresnaye after a struggle against mesothelioma cancer. He was 85 years old.

“He is survived by his wife Elita, his children Jan and Susan, and his grandchildren. The family will, in due course, make an announcement regarding funeral arrangements,” the foundation said.

Despite being a Nobel Peace Prize winner, De Klerk was a polarising figure who was heavily criticised for his role in the apartheid government.