George Bizos, a close friend of Nelson Mandela, said: "I am naturally very disappointed and saddened. He's been a friend since 1948 and we had good times and bad times together.
"I know that we are not immortal but when you lose a very close friend it weighs heavily with you and it weighs heavily with me."
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.