HipHollywood has learned that former South African President Nelson Mandela passed away today after losing a lengthy battle with a chronic lung illness.
The Nobel Peace Prize recipient and civil rights hero died inside his home on Thursday, South African President Jacob Zuma announced.
“He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”
“What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human,” the president said in his late-night address. “We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”
Mandela was 95-years-old and is survived by his wife, Graça Machel, six children and two step-children. Just moments ago, someone posted this quote on Mandela’s Twitter account.
“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” #Madiba
Mandela will have a state funeral. All flags in the nation will be flown at half-staff from Friday through that funeral.
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