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Donald Woods
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    (December 15, 1933-August 19, 2001)
    Former editor of the East London Daily Dispatch
    Exposed the assassination of Stephen Biko
    Died in London, England from lung cancer
    He smoked.
    Consequently, he had a lung and kidney removed due to cancer.
    Some black people in in South Africa originally thought he was trying to exploit Steve Biko's death and make a profit.
    He looked nothing like Kevin Kline, who portrayed him in 'Cry Freedom.'
    In addition to Afrikaans (obviously), he was also fluent in Xhosa.
    He attended law school in Cape Town University.
    He was censored in South Africa after Biko's assassination.
    He was placed under house arrest.
    He and his family faced death threats after Biko's death.
    One of his children was hurt trying to put on a shirt doused in acid. The shirts were sent in an anonymous package as part of a death threat.
    He fled to Britain disguised as a priest.
    He was the first private citizen to address the U.N.
    He set up a trust fund to get black South Africans to go to universities in the U.S. and the U.K.
    After apartheid ended, he visited South Africa several times.
    He helped reform journalism standards in South Africa in the 1990s.
    He voted in the first all-race election there.
    Even though the lines outside the voting booths were long, he did not use his celebrity status to cut ahead in line.
    He kept in touch with Stephen Biko's family.
    His final visit to South Africa was to attend the wedding of Stephen Biko's son.
    The Bikos never believed that he was trying to exploit Steve's death.
    He was named Commander of the British Empire.
    The black community in South Africa honored him with a tribal name.
    Upon dying, he said his biggest regret was not living long enough to see his grandchildren grow up.

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