December 5th, 2013
04:48 PM ET
9 years ago

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies

(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.


Filed under: Nelson Mandela • South Africa
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Ol' Yeller

    Rest in Peace Mr. Mandela. You made your mark and touched thousands of lives with your work.

    December 5, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. CK

    RIP Madiba.

    December 5, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    The world weeps.

    December 5, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Great leader like Kennedy.

    December 5, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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....

    December 5, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ol' Yeller

    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?

    December 5, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Great Man ,

    Rest in Peace , you did so much .

    December 5, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Sue

    God rest his soul in peace

    December 5, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. rs

    RIP Sir!

    December 5, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. California

    God rest his soul.

    December 5, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. CryBabies

    Thank You Nelson Mandela.

    December 5, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    RIP Mr. Mandela. RIP.

    December 5, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Bless his heart. A great man. One of compassion, dignity and strength in the best of times and in the worst of times.

    RIP, Sir.

    December 5, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Marian08

    Rest in peace Mr. Manuel, you precious, wonderful man. You will be missed.

    December 5, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Marian08

    Oops, I mean't Mr. Mandela. My phone changed the spelling.

    December 5, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. tom l

    A giant. One of the greatest men of my lifetime, if not the greatest. I'm just so sad. He will never be forgotten.

    December 5, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. stars

    Rip u were a true chistian. Thank god for your service to the world.

    December 5, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |