Nelson Mandela was a towering figure of utter integrity who will be remembered as the greatest African.
Nelson Mandela was one of the most recognisable and well-known men on Earth. Here are some highlights.
He left a nation with stronger foundations than those fears suggest, and a uniformly-accepted vision for this society – for all societies.
South Africans took to the street to songs about their beloved former president Nelson Mandela as the nation began mourning his death.
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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
Ahmed Kathrada, Nelson Mandela’s friend for 67 years, and a fellow prisoner on Robben Island, has paid tribute to the former South African president who he described as his "older brother".
– Ahmed Kathrada
Your abundant reserves of love, simplicity, honesty, service, humility, care, courage, foresight, patience, tolerance, equality and justice continually served as a source of enormous strength to me and so many millions of people around the world.
Your smile, which lingers still, was always from the heart, never forced, and the great joy you took in the world around you, especially in children, was unmistakable. Most of all, you symbolise, and always will, collective leadership, reconciliation, unity, forgiveness, nation-building and a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa.
Two youngest Mandela daughters received news of their father’s death during London premiere of 'Long Walk to Freedom'
They immediately left the cinema, a statement says
Actor Morgan Freeman, who once played the former South African president in the 2009 movie Invictus, has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela's "unyielding resolve".
He said: "Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honour, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve. A saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind.
"As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we've come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us."
Speaking soon after his release from prison in 1990, Nelson Mandela shocked the world when he made it clear that he would not seek revenge against the apartheid government and would even consider negotiations.
In a now-famous statement, he said: "Let bygones be bygones".
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Bono has posted a blog on Nelson Mandela's legacy and the lessons the former South African president taught the world in 'humility, humour and patience'.
In the blog, Bono on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, U2's lead singer wrote:
"It was as if he was born to teach the age a lesson in humility, in humour and above all else in patience. In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a better job."