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