Source Pravda.Ru

Mandela's son died of AIDS

A frail-looking &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/367/13009_Mandela.html ' target=_blank>Nelson Mandela buried his last son in a remote South African field on Saturday, wearing a red AIDS ribbon to symbolize the fight against the disease that killed him a week ago.

Thousands of people, including &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/2002/09/16/36660.html ' target=_blank>South Africa's political elite, gathered near Mandela's childhood home in Qunu, where family members held a vigil overnight for his son Makgatho, 54.

The 86-year-old anti-apartheid icon, holding a cane and supported by his wife Graca Machel, looked pained as he walked slowly to drop a yellow rose and handful of earth into the grave, where Makgatho was buried near his mother, brother and sister, informs Reuters.

According to the Xinhua News, the 86-year-old &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/2000/10/09/152.html ' target=_blank>Nobel Peace Prize winner has been widely praised since he announced his son's AIDS status at a press conference a few hours after his death at a Johannesburg clinic.