FORMER South African President Nelson Mandela's granddaughter has died of cancer at the age of 43.
Zoleka Mandela died surrounded by friends and family, a spokesperson said, after fighting the disease for years.
The Nelson Mandela foundation said in a statement: "We mourn the loss of a beloved grandchild of Mum Winnie and Madiba.
"Her work in raising awareness about cancer prevention and her unwavering commitment to breaking down the stigma surrounding the disease will continue to inspire us all."
Zoleka, who was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013, leaves behind four children.
She was readmitted to hospital on Monday as a part of her ongoing treatment after her cancer returned.
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Recent scans revealed her cancer had spread to the hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain and spinal cord.
Tributes have poured in for the poet and activist after her passing.
One fan commented: "My heart is shattered, I have never connected with someone on social media like I did with this beautiful, brave, kind and loving woman."
Another said: "Cancer is just the most heartbreaking illness. You fought so valiantly and with all the grace and positivity. May your soul rest in peace and May God cover her children and family."
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Zoleka was the ninth grandchild of the first democratically elected president of South Africa, activist and politician Nelson Mandela.
She was the child of Mandela's youngest daughter, Zindzi Mandela, and her first husband, Zwelibanzi Hlongwane.
Her grandfather was one of the world's most celebrated statesmen who led the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
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