Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95. A state funeral will be held, and Zuma called for mourners to conduct themselves with. "the dignity and respect" that Mandela personified.
President Obama said his first political action was an anti-apartheid protest inspired by Mandela, who "achieved more than could be expected of any man." “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example Nelson Mandela set," he said.
Official Statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation:
It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba. The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa will shortly make further official announcements. We want to express our sadness at this time. No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world. We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom.
The Life of Nelson Mandela
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Out of The Furnace (2013)
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