(CNN) – Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. He was 95.
The former president battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.
Rest in Peace Mr. Mandela. You made your mark and touched thousands of lives with your work.
The world weeps.
Great leader like Kennedy.
Rest in peace Mr. Mandela.
You were indeed the captain of your ship.
God bless you and thank you for your tremendous sacrifice that ultimately helped to free millions from the oppression of apartheid.
I am saddened by your passing....
That's a pretty familiear little stance he has in the photo, wouldn't you say?
He's been practicing in front of th mirror and you can tell.
It would not surprise me Ol Yeller to see him on someone's ticket come 2016.
I'm getting a whiff of some serious grooming going on for this dude, and I'm not being at all facetious which is what makes it really scry.
Looking at his face we're in fact looking at the future face of the Republican Party: perfectly modulated, dogmatic, and completely bought and paid for to perform.
Keep an eye on this one. He's being allowed to make incredibly disruptive noises and maneuvers sans reprimands or repercussions.
Government shutdown anyone?
Great Man ,
Rest in Peace , you did so much .
God rest his soul in peace
God rest his soul.
Thank You Nelson Mandela.
RIP Mr. Mandela. RIP.
Bless his heart. A great man. One of compassion, dignity and strength in the best of times and in the worst of times.
Rest in peace Mr. Manuel, you precious, wonderful man. You will be missed.
Oops, I mean't Mr. Mandela. My phone changed the spelling.
A giant. One of the greatest men of my lifetime, if not the greatest. I'm just so sad. He will never be forgotten.
Rip u were a true chistian. Thank god for your service to the world.