Nelson Mandela Passes Away at 95

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Former South African president and political activist Nelson Mandela has died.

“He passed on peacefully in the company of his family,” South African president Jacob Zuma confirmed today.  “Our nation has lost its greatest son.  Our people have lost a father.”

Mandela is responsible for helping to end apartheid in South Africa.

Earlier this evening, the royal premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedomtook place in London, attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.

Mandela was 95.