Dec 06, 2013 9:41AM

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

"Our nation has lost its greatest son."

Nelson Mandela — leader of the South African anti-apartheid movement and one of the 20th century's greatest political figures has died at age 95. After dedicating his life to the struggle and suffering 27 years of imprisonment before being installed as the nation's President in 1994 — the revolutionary mind passed away in the company of family and friends, after suffering from a recurring lung infection. 

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announced the news in a statement, saying that the death of the Nobel Peace Prize winner was the "moment of greatest sorrow," adding, "our nation has lost its greatest son." He continued, "Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell." Flags in the country will be flown at half-mast until a state funeral is held for the leader.
The elder statesman will be remembered for his work in exposing and rallying against institutionalised racism alongside the ANC (African National Congress), campaigning for AIDS awareness and giving hope to oppressed people around the world. In the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he was "one of the greatest human beings to walk this earth."