A successor President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, called upon the world to celebrate the loss of Nelson Mandela - 'an international icon'. A memorial service will be held in Soweto next week; he will lie in state before a state funeral, next weekend.
It will be attended by world leaders, more of whom offered their praises today. But, in South Africa and around the world, the grief and gratitude of ordinary people too, poured out - some had met him; all felt he had touched their lives and changed their world.
From outside Mandela's Johannesburg home, ITV's Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports:
From South Africa ITV News Presenter Mark Austin writes on what the future holds for the new, post-Mandela, Rainbow Nation.
The rugby captain whose handshake with Nelson Mandela came to define the progress of post-apartheid South Africa pays tribute to his idol.