President Obama, Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson And More Remember Nelson Mandela

Luminaries and leaders take to Twitter to honor the lost leader.

Moments after it was announced that Nelson Mandela had died on Thursday (December 5), leaders and luminaries from President Barack Obama to Rev. Jesse Jackson took to Twitter to honor and mourn the iconic anti-apartheid leader.

The former South African president, who helped to end almost 50 years of racial segregation by a white minority government in South Africa, died today at the age of 95 after a prolonged battle with lung infection.

Soon after the announcement of his death, Mandela’s Twitter account sent out a fitting and moving quote: “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people & his country, he can rest in peace.”

Various icons and leaders soon followed suit, with New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg tweeting, “Nelson Mandela devoted his life to building a more just, equal, and compassionate world. We are all better for it,” then linked to a brief statement on his website. Senator John McCain said, simply, “RIP Nelson Mandela, whose courage and character inspired South Africa and the world,” then linked to recent remarks he made following a screening of the film “Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom.”

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