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As Mandela goes home, tweet of demise untrue

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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 18, 2012 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his 94th birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa. Nelson Mandela's health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday, June 23, 2013. The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that he had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital on Sunday evening and was informed by the medical team that Mandela's condition had become critical in the past 24 hours. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

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From Wire Reports
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, 8:30 p.m.
 

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, 95, went home in an ambulance on Sunday after a nearly three-month hospital stay that became the focus of a global outpouring of concern.

Authorities cautioned, however, that the health of the former South African president remained critical and, at times, unstable.

The return of the leader of the anti-apartheid movement to his home in an affluent neighborhood of Johannesburg allows his family to share time with him.

Meanwhile, former President George H.W. Bush's office mistakenly announced the death of Mandela in the morning.

“The 41 stmnt sent this morning was the result of my mis-reading the header on the WaPo news flash. Stupid mistake by me. Apologies to all.” Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, tweeted.

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