Nelson Mandela hospitalized - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Nelson Mandela hospitalized

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, has been admitted to the hospital for a lung infection. (Source: CNN) Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, has been admitted to the hospital for a lung infection. (Source: CNN)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • The Latest: More than 90 injured in Osaka-area earthquake

    The Latest: More than 90 injured in Osaka-area earthquake

    Sunday, June 17 2018 10:20 PM EDT2018-06-18 02:20:08 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 12:10 AM EDT2018-06-18 04:10:19 GMT
    (Kyodo News via AP). Smoke rises from a house blaze in Takatsuki, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018.  A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and...(Kyodo News via AP). Smoke rises from a house blaze in Takatsuki, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and...
    Japanese disaster authorities say two people have been found without vital signs and 41 others injured by an earthquake in western Japan.More >>
    Japanese disaster authorities say two people have been found without vital signs and 41 others injured by an earthquake in western Japan.More >>
  • Colombia's president-elect seeks unity after polarizing vote

    Colombia's president-elect seeks unity after polarizing vote

    Monday, June 18 2018 12:10 AM EDT2018-06-18 04:10:07 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 12:10 AM EDT2018-06-18 04:10:08 GMT
    (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara). President Elect Ivan Duque shakes hands with supporters after his victory in the presidential runoff election in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Duque defeated Gustavo Petro, a former leftist rebel and ex-Bogota ma...(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara). President Elect Ivan Duque shakes hands with supporters after his victory in the presidential runoff election in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Duque defeated Gustavo Petro, a former leftist rebel and ex-Bogota ma...
    Colombia's President-elect Ivan Duque is appealing for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook the country's political establishment and laid bare deep divisions over the...More >>
    Colombia's President-elect Ivan Duque is appealing for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook the country's political establishment and laid bare deep divisions over the nation's peace process.More >>
  • 3 dead, dozens injured by quake in Osaka in western Japan

    3 dead, dozens injured by quake in Osaka in western Japan

    Sunday, June 17 2018 9:29 PM EDT2018-06-18 01:29:49 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 12:01 AM EDT2018-06-18 04:01:15 GMT
    (Takaki Yajima/Kyodo News via AP). School children take shelter at schoolyard in Ikeda, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018.  A strong earthquake has shaken the city of Osaka in western Japan. There are reports of scattered damage incl...(Takaki Yajima/Kyodo News via AP). School children take shelter at schoolyard in Ikeda, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake has shaken the city of Osaka in western Japan. There are reports of scattered damage incl...
    A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses.More >>
    A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses.More >>

(RNN) - Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and a legendary figure who helped end apartheid in that country, has been hospitalized for a reccurring lung infection, the Associated Press reports.

Mandela, 94, has been in the hospital quite a bit in recent years, most recently in December, when he spent three weeks in the hospital for gallstones and a lung infection.

He spent 27 years in prison for speaking out against apartheid, the segregation practice in force for decades in South Africa, before being released in 1990.

Mandela served a single term as the first freely elected president from 1994 to 1999, and then retired from public life.

His most recent public appearance was made during the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament, held in South Africa.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Powered by Frankly