Brazil's footballing legend Pele tweeted earlier on how he was "very saddened" over the news of the passing of Nelson Mandela.
Let us all continue his legacy with purpose and passion.
He was my hero, my friend, and also a companion to me in our fight for the people and for world peace.
Today, I am very saddened. Nelson Mandela was one of the most influential people in my life. http://t.co/zzixsqm1Af
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.