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Mandela daughters ask that film's premiere go on; audience told of death during the credits

Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to actress Naomie Harris during the UK premiere of the movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" at a cinema in London, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Naomie Harris plays Winnie Mandela in the movie. (AP Photo / Chris Jackson, pool)
December 05, 2013 - 4:50 PM

LONDON - People attending the London premiere of a new film about Nelson Mandela were told of his death as the closing credits rolled.

Stopping the screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was discussed, but Mandela's daughters asked that the premiere continue, a film spokesman said Thursday night.

Producer Anant Singh announced Mandela's death once the film was over, and he called for a moment of silence.

The audience included the film's stars and Prince William and his wife, Kate.

"It was extremely sad and tragic news," William said upon leaving the film.

Zindzi Mandela, Mandela's daughter, also was there. When asked on the red carpet on her way into the premiere about her father, she had said, "My father is fine."

Nelson Mandela was 95.

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