Nelson Mandela is no more

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The iconic President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 early today. He was the first elected Black President of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela has emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid before becoming the country's first black leader, had faced several health scares.

He has been facing health related issues from last few months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations. Mandela was admitted to the Pretoria Heart Clinic in June, where he was treated for a recurring lung infection. Then he was released to receive home-based care nearly for three months.

Current African President Jacob Juma informed, "He is now resting. He is now at peace...Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father," he said.

Mandela is respected throughout the world for his role in fighting racism in South Africa, and for forgiving his former white captors after his release from prison.

He has been awarded more than 250 awards along with Nobel Peace prize. He is also known as second Gandhi. He is being called as father of South Africa.

Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh paid tributes to former South African president. "A giant among men has passed away. This is as much India's loss as South Africa's. He was a true Gandhian," the prime minister wrote in a tweet. "His life and work will remain a source of eternal inspiration for generations to come. I join all those who are praying for his soul," he said.

Nelson Mandela will be remembered for generations for his peaceful democratic fight, forgiveness and greatness throughout his life.

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