(CNN) — Nelson Mandela\’s willingness to forgive and forget helped peacefully end an era of white domination in his native South Africa. But as news of his death spread, mourners there and around the world professed that he, himself, would never be forgotten.
\”Mandela\’s biggest legacy … was his remarkable lack of bitterness and the way he did not only talk about reconciliation, but he made reconciliation happen in South Africa,\” said F.W. de Klerk, South Africa\’s last white president before giving way to Mandela, the country\’s first black leader.
South Africa\’s current leader announced late Thursday that, after years suffering from health ailments, the man known widely by his clan name of Madiba died at 8:50 p.m. (1:50 p.m. ET) surrounded by family.
He was 95.
\”He is now resting. He is now at peace,\” President Jacob Zuma said late Thursday. \”Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.\”