Nelson Mandela Dead At Age of 95 – it has just been announced by South African President Jacob Zuma that Nelson Mandela, the country’s first black President and a man who inspired the whole world as well as his fellow countrymen has died at the age of 95.
Nelson Mandela had been ill for some time and the news of his passing will come as a shock to nobody but it will still be seen as an important moment in history amid fears of unrest in his home country.
His achievements are many and his entire life seems to have been dedicated to the pursuit of truth and equality.
News of his death tonight quickly spread around the world and among the first world leaders to pay their respects was US President Barack Obama, the first black President of his own country, who said “We have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. He no longer belongs to us – he belongs to the ages.’
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said ‘a great light has gone out in the world.’
There will be many more tributes paid over the next days and weeks to the iconic figure that was Nelson Mandela but The Independent’s obituary published tonight provides a full account of the late statesman’s life and his many achievements.