Former South African President and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela has passed away at 95 years old. His death was announced Thursday (December 5) by current South African President Jacob Zuma, who said, “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”
Mandela served 27 years in prison before being released in 1990. He went on to fight and end apartheid in the nation, before being elected president in 1994, a role he filled until 1999.
The former president’s death comes as a movie about his life, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is premiering around the world, with Idris Elba in the title role. President Barack Obama is expected to address the nation shortly.