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Remembering Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela, a revered anti-apartheid activist and South Africa's first black president, died Thursday night at the age of 95.

"Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss," said President Zuma, in his national address. "His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him our love."

Mandela's passing drew strong reaction from all walks of life.

"We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with," said President Barack Obama, one of the many world leaders who lauded Mandela Thursday night. "He no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages... His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to."

"He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows," said former boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, one of a number of athletes who praised Mandela.

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