Iconic civil rights leader Nelson Mandela has died.
The former South African president and anti-apartheid hero was 95.
“Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” said South African President Jacob Zuma.
It has been widely reported for months that Mandela had been in poor health. He had been treated by doctors at his home in Houghton, a suburb of Johannesburg.
Back in September, Mandela was discharged from a Pretoria hospital where he had been receiving treatment since June for a lung infection.
The leader of the anti-apartheid in South Africa, Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for carrying out acts of sabotage in 1964.
Mandela continued his work against apartheid while in prison, South Africa’s system of racial segregation.
In February 1990, then-South Africa President Frederik de Klerk ordered Mandela’s release. Mandela and de Klerk received the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in ending apartheid and laying the groundwork for a democratic South Africa.
A year later, Mandela became South Africa’s first black president. After his presidency, Mandela focused on several worldwide causes, including the battle against AIDS/HIV. His efforts reverberated around the world, and Mandela was bestowed with countless honors, including the 2002 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The life of Mandela can be seen in the new Weinsten Company film, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” that stars Idris Elba. The movie was released in limited release on Nov. 29, 2013.