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Winnie Mandela: Nelson's last moments a 'heavy feeling' for family

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Winnie Mandela said that Nelson's last moments were very difficult for her -- but she was happy to be by his side nonetheless. On Dec. 12, Huffington Post reported that Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela's ex-wife, was with him when he drew his last breath. She recalled a "heavy feeling" in the room and she said that Nelson felt very cold before he passed away -- something that isn't uncommon.

"I went close to him and I noticed he was breathing really slowly. I was holding him trying to feel his temperature and he felt cold. Then he drew his last breath and just rested. He was gone," Winnie said.

Winnie Mandela said that Nelson's last moments were hard for the whole family. Seeing him in such a state and watching him just fade away was not easy. Of course any one who has watched a loved one pass away knows this feeling all too well. As peaceful as the person might seem, knowing that they are taking their last few breaths is just hard to accept...

"It's very hard for the family to even share him even in his death after sharing with the whole world and our whole country while he was alive. He's still not really just ours, the family. He still belongs to the whole world and we have to share," Winnie Mandela said.

Winnie Mandela shared Nelson's last moments with him and she wouldn't have it any other way. While it was difficult she said that she felt "very blessed" to be there with him before he passed away.

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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