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Special prayers will be said for Nelson Mandela in Worcester Cathedral at 4pm today.
The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester said "Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of our time and the whole world is indebted to him".
The cathedral flag is being flown at half mast as mark of respect to the man who became South Africa's black president and who transitioned the country out of white rule.
Jerry Dammers, who wrote the anthem Free Nelson Mandela, has said that it should not be forgotten how much of the former President of South Africa's life was taken by the 27 years he spent in prison.
He said: "He actually died a very young man he had... 27 years in prison. A large part of his life was taken and we shouldn't forget that. He was a young man, he wasn't an old man."
He added that despite Mandela's poor health in recent years the news of his death yesterday still came as a shock.
Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson said he was sad to announce the death of Nelson Mandela.
Rev Jackson was speaking at a dinner last night when he heard the news. He went on to pay tribute to the former South African president.
The Chair of the Leicestershire Faith Forum, Suleman Nagdi, has described growing up in apartheid South Africa and how his uncle helped Nelson Mandela during those years.
People in the East Midlands have been paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who passed away last night at the age of 95.
The former South African President visited the Midlands in the 1990s after his release from prison.
A park in Leicester was dedicated to him in honour of his attempts to end apartheid. The city's Mayor, Peter Soulsby, said President Mandela has been an inspiration to those fighting discrimination.
A book of condolence has been opened for Nelson Mandela at Leicester Cathedral.
Coventry Cathedral has opened a Book of Remembrance for Nelson Mandela in the new Cathedral and have placed a small memorial in the Ruins for people to pay their respects.
Flags will be flown at half mast today at The Council House, Newstead Abbey and Nottingham Castle for South African President Nelson Mandela, who died last night.
A book of condolence has also been opened in the reception of the Council House in Nottingham and will be available until the funeral is held.
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Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, passed away last night and respects are being paid across the Midlands.