South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa’s president says. Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison.
He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital. In a statement on South African national TV, Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela had “departed” and was at peace.
“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” Mr Zuma said.
He said Mr Mandela would receive a full state funeral, and flags would be flown at half-mast.
As news of Nelson Mandela’s death continued to spread, celebrities inspired by his life and heroic struggle to end apartheid in South Africa took to social media on Wednesday to honor his legacy and paid their respects to a man who truly changed the world.
Rihanna used Instagram to pay tribute to his words and his actions. She remembered Mandela as
“one of the greatest men who’s ever lived … we will never forget the things this man has taught us, and we will never truly comprehend the level of strength that it took for him to endure.”