The first black president of South Africa, and anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela has died.
Former President Mandela had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital. South African President Jacob Zuma made an announcement on national TV, saying Mr Mandela had “departed” and was at peace. He also said
Our nation has lost its greatest son, our people have lost a father.
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison, after he was charged with sabotage in 1964.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and elected as South Africa’s first black president in 1994 following the country’s first free and fair elections in which the nation’s majority black population could vote for the very first time.
His death has shocked the world, with many celebrities taking to Twitter to express their shock.
Mandela’s death comes on the day of the Royal Film performance of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in Leicester Square’s Odeon.
Mandela’s daughter Zindzi Mandela attended, as well as the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William.
United States President, and the first black president of that country, Barack Obama said in a moving tribute:
We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings… He no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages.
Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of our generation and an unrivalled Statesmen.