Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95.
Several prominent personalities and world leaders have expressed their sorrow over the demise of the former first black President of South Africa.
Here are the reactions and live updates:
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: ‘Throughout history, a few special people have been able to transcend differences and change the world for the better. Nelson Mandela was one of those people who had a vision for human rights and equality’
US Secretary of State Kerry on Nelson Mandela’s death: ‘Madiba’s “long walk to freedom” gave new meaning to courage, character, forgiveness, and human dignity. Now that his long walk has ended, the example he set for all humanity lives on. He will be remembered as a pioneer for peace’
World soccer body FIFA orders flags to be flown at half-mast after Nelson Mandela’s death
Somalia presidency: ‘Rest in Peace our brother Nelson Mandela, great leader for Africa, inspiration to humanity, justice and freedom fighter. We mourn you’
Muhammad Ali on Nelson Mandela’s death: ‘His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through the heavens. He is now forever free’
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is ‘profoundly saddened’ by Nelson Mandela’s death; he ‘showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us’
Former US President Bill Clinton: ‘I will never forget my friend Madiba’
Bill and Melinda Gates: ‘From prisoner to president, Nelson Mandela was tireless in his pursuit of equality and justice for all people’
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: ‘In the modern age, Nelson Mandela will be remembered as an unsurpassed healer of human hearts’
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague: ‘Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest moral and political leaders of our time’