This is unimaginably tragic.
The team did release a statement on the matter, though (below):
Just as President Barack Obama said, now Nelson Mandela truly belongs to the ages.
Meanwhile his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton continued off the President's praise, offering up her own words of remembrance today in a speech describing Mandela as a "giant among us:"
"[S]omeone who, by the power of his example, demonstrated unequivocally how each can choose how we will respond to those injustices, and grievances, those sorrows and tragedies that afflict all of human kind…I was always struck by the extraordinary depth of his self-knowledge, of his awareness about how hard it is to live a life of integrity, of service. But to combine within himself the contradictions he lived with – a lawyer and a freedom fighter, a prisoner and a leader, a man of anger and of forgiveness. I only hope that as we both mourn and celebrate the passing of this universally recognized and beloved figure that we remember that he became that as a result of an enormous amount of hard work on himself.”
What a beautiful speech! We're sure that if Nelson were alive to witness all the praise, love, and recognition he's been getting, he'd be truly honored.
Rest in peace, Nelson! Now, you are truly free.
[Image via AP Images.]