Former South Africa President Frederik Willem de Klerk, known for his role in helping to negotiate an end to apartheid, has died at the age of 85.

Mr de Klerk was head of state between 1989 and 1994 and was the country’s last white leader.

In 1990, he announced the release of Nelson Mandela, a move which ultimately led to the historic election that brought him to power.

He also shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela.

Officials say he died peacefully at his home in Cape Town after a battle with cancer.

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