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.”
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.