As former South African President Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday (December 5) at the age of 95, the world has lost one of the key figures in human rights movement, a symbol of hope, integrity and resistance. Spending 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid since 1962, Mandela emerged to become the first South African black president and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He died peacefully at his Johannesburg home, surrounded by family and loved ones after spending three months in a Pretoria hospital for recurring lung infection. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss," said South African President Jacob Zuma. Condolences from around the globe were soon to follow, as some of the world leaders remembered a man considered to be the father of his nation. "He achieved more than could be expected of any man," said US President Barrack Obama, ordering the flags to be lowered at half staff. "He belongs to the ages." Rock and metal musicians were also among the ones giving condolences through social networks, you can find their comments below. Rest in peace Mr. Mandela.
Really sad to hear we have lost the great Nelson Mandela, one of the few pillars of humanity we had left.
— Slash (@Slash) December 6, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. Hero. Freedom Fighter. An iron will and a heart of mercy. Thanks for your struggle and your example.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) December 5, 2013
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) December 5, 2013
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) December 5, 2013
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela #Mandela
— Machine Head (@MfnH) December 6, 2013
RIP Nelson!! "After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." NM
— T O M M Y L E E (@MrTommyLand) December 5, 2013
"It always seems impossible until its done." RIP Nelson Mendela @NdabaMandela
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. A man that changed the world.....
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) December 5, 2013
— Godsmack Official (@Godsmack_Music) December 5, 2013