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Mandela remembers Whitney Houston 


By Bruno Gaston

International Editor

ATLANTA, Feb. 13, 2012, 9:50 a.m. - The Nelson Mandela Foundation has responded to news of the tragic death of pop icon, Whitney Houston.

Sello Hatang, spokesperson of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, issued a press release yesterday extending sympathy to Houston’s family.

The announcement comes as the foundation marked the 22nd anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release after 27 years in prison on the same day, Feb. 11.
 “On behalf of our Founder, Chairperson, Trustees and Staff we wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Whitney Houston, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 48,” the statement reads.

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“Ms Houston sang for Mr. Nelson Mandela at a White House dinner in his honor in October 1994. She dedicated to him her rendition of the song Greatest Love of all. May she rest in peace.”
Houston held a three concert tour on November 1994 in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg months after Mandela was elected president earlier in May. Her Johannesburg performance was broadcast live in the United States on HBO and concert proceeds were donated to children's charities in the country.

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