F.W. de Klerk, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela and oversaw the end of South Africa's white minority rule as the country's last apartheid president, has died at the age of 85.
De Klerk died at his home in the Fresnaye neighborhood of Cape Town on Thursday after a battle with cancer, according to a representative for the F.W. de Klerk Foundation.
Many criticized De Klerk for brutality against Black South Africans and anti-apartheid activists during his time in power, while some white South Africans considered his efforts to dismantle apartheid as a betrayal.