Nelson Mandela and 59-second symbol
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#BBCtrending: The minute before we knew Mandela died

Nelson Mandela, his life and legacy, has dominated social media conversation since the former president died late on Thursday.

South African President Jacob Zuma formally announced the death at 23:45 local time (21:45 GMT), in a news conference.

But during the 60 seconds leading up to the historic announcement, there was intense speculation and emotion on display on Twitter.

#BBCTrending looks back at that minute online.

#BBCtrending is a hand-picked selection of stories trending on social media around the world, featured online, on BBC World television and in a weekly World Service radio programme

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Produced by Matt Danzico and Dougal Shaw

Archive footage courtesy of British Pathe

  • 06 Dec 2013
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