Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid leader, and the country’s first black president, died at his home on Thursday. He was 95.
According to NBC News, South African President Jacob Zuma said, “He is now resting,” and that “He is now at peace.”
Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison, but served only one five-year term as president, inspired individuals to use their moral compass and fight against racial segregation.
He will have a state funeral. Zuma ordered all flags in the nation to fly at half-staff from Friday until Mr. Mandela’s funeral.
Mandela battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection requiring several hospitalizations. To recover, Mandela retreated to his boyhood home in the nation's Eastern Cape Province. He was later moved to his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton, where he died.
“He achieved more than can be expected of any one man,” said President Obama who delivered remarks from the White House. “I cannot imagine my own life without Mandela’s example.”
Mr. Zuma called Mr. Mandela’s death “the moment of our greatest sorrow,” and said that South Africa’s thoughts were now with the former president’s family, he said to the New York Times. “They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free.”