Nelson Mandela, Who Led Fight Against Apartheid, Dies At 95

The icon who became South Africa's first black president passed away on after a prolonged lung infection.

Nelson Mandela, who led the struggle against South Africa's apartheid system and eventually became the country's first black president, has died at age 95 after a prolonged lung-infection.

"He is now resting. He is now at peace," South African President Jacob Zuma in an said in an address to the nation.

"Our people have lost a father," he said.

"His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect for the world," Zuma said. "His humility, compassion and humanity earned him their love."

Soon after the announcement, reaction to Mandela's death, began streaming in.

Former President George H.W. Bush said that he and former First Lady Barbara Bush "join the people of South Africa and the world in celebrating the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela."

"President Mandela was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. He bore his burdens with dignity and grace, and our world is better off because of his example," the former president said in a statement.

Earlier on Thursday, Mandela's family told SABC television that the ailing former president was putting up a courageous fight from his "deathbed."

After being admitted to a Pretoria hospital in June, Mandela spent almost three months there before being discharged in September. Since then, he'd been receiving in-home care. Throughout, his condition has been described as "critical but stable."

We'll update this post as reaction to Mandela's death comes in from around the world.

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