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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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