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Former President George H.W. Bush mistakenly announces Nelson Mandela’s death

Posted at 6:50 PM, Sep 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-01 18:50:13-04

Mandela could be discharged from hospital

(PIX11) – Former President George H. W. Bush sent social media into a frenzy today when he mistakenly announced Nelson Mandela’s death.

Bush released a statement saying “Barbara and I mourn the passing of one of the greatest believers in freedom we have had the privilege to know.”

The South African presidency then responded saying that Mandela is still alive.

Bush said the mistake was a result of misreading a Washington Post news flash.

Mandela was discharged from the hospital Sunday but remains in critical condition.