Former South African president Nelson Mandela has passed away. He was 95.
The apartheid hero died Thursday of complications stemming from some chronic lung disease for which he was earlier hospitalized for several months.
Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 – a couple of years after spending 27 years in prison for trying to topple the racist apartheid regime. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 as well as the Presidential Medal of Honor – the highest civilian accolade in the United States.
Over the years, Mandela has been portrayed in several films by several actors like Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover and Idris Elba.
Rest in Peace.