Nelson Mandela Dies at 95 - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Nelson Mandela Dies at 95

Posted: Updated:

South Africa's president says former president Nelson Mandela has died at age 95.

During a televised address, South African President Jacob Zuma announced to his nation, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude. They have sacrificed and endured much so much so that our people could be free."

Last month, Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was quoted as saying he was no longer talking "because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear (fluid from) the lungs."

He has been plagued several times with lung problems over the past three years and was hospitalized at least four times for the condition.

In February 2011, he was briefly hospitalized with a respiratory, infection before being re-hospitalized for a lung infection and gallstone removal in December 2012. After a successful medical procedure in early March 2013, his lung infection recurred, and he was briefly hospitalized in Pretoria. On 8 June 2013, his lung infection worsened, and he was re-hospitalized in Pretoria in a serious condition. 

President Barack Obama says the world has lost an influential, courageous and 'profoundly good' man with the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. 

Obama says Mandela "no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages."
 
Speaking from the White House, Obama said he was one of the countless millions around the world who was influenced by Mandela.  
 
Obama met with Mandela's family earlier this year when he visited South Africa. But he did not meet with the ailing leader, who was hospitalized throughout the U.S. president's visit.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Mandela was "a giant for justice" whose "selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom" inspired many people around the world. "No one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations," he told reporters soon after Mandela's death was announced Thursday.
 
"Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world, and within each one of us, if we believe a dream and work together for justice and humanity," Ban said. "Let us continue each day to be inspired by Nelson Mandela's lifelong example to keep working for a better and more just world."
 
The U.N. Security Council interrupted a meeting on the tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and stood for a minute in silent tribute to Mandela.

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE DEATH OF NELSON MANDELA
 
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
 
5:25 P.M. EST
 
THE PRESIDENT:  At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, "I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.  I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.  It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve.  But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
 
And Nelson Mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real.  He achieved more than could be expected of any man.  Today, he has gone home.  And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth.  He no longer belongs to us -- he belongs to the ages.
 
Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa -- and moved all of us.  His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings -- and countries -- can change for the better.  His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives.  And the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor, and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections, only makes the man that much more remarkable.  As he once said, "I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying."
 
I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life.  My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid.  I studied his words and his writings.  The day that he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears.  And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him.
 
To Graça Machel and his family, Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude for sharing this extraordinary man with us.  His life's work meant long days away from those who loved him the most.  And I only hope that the time spent with him these last few weeks brought peace and comfort to his family.
 
To the people of South Africa, we draw strength from the example of renewal, and reconciliation, and resilience that you made real.  A free South Africa at peace with itself -- that's an example to the world, and that's Madiba's legacy to the nation he loved.
 
We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.  So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set:  to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. 
 
For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived -- a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.  May God Bless his memory and keep him in peace.
 
                                           END                5:30 P.M. EST

Governor Brian Sandoval today released the following statement after learning of the death of Nelson Mandela:

"Few have touched the hearts and minds of people all over the world like Nelson Mandela has.  His fight for racial equality and freedom transformed his country and set an example for the world.  He was a giant while he lived and his legacy will never be forgotten."

Nevada Senator Dean Heller released this statement through Twitter:

Today the world joins w/South Africa to mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, a transcendent hero, champion of equality & strength through peace.

Later he released this statement: "Today, the world joins with South Africa to mourn the loss of former President Nelson Mandela. He is a transcendent hero who championed equality and strength through peace. His life serves as an example of fearless determination and forgiveness that generations will study for years to come," said Senator Dean Heller.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid released this statement:

In a way, Mandela was both the "George Washington" and "Abraham Lincoln" of his country. We're so fortunate to have lived in his time.

Later he released this statement: "My thoughts are with Nelson Mandela's family and with the people of South Africa during this difficult time. As both the emancipator of a people and the founder of a modern democracy, Mandela was one of the truly unique and transcendent figures of our time. Mandela embodied the very spirit of democracy, freedom, and equality. He leaves behind an incredible legacy that will not be forgotten, and which will continue to inspire current and future leaders for generations to come."

Former Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) released the following statement on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:

"Today, the world mourns the loss of President Nelson Mandela, a larger than life global leader and icon for human rights and equality. He fought tirelessly for justice not only in South Africa, but worldwide. Mandela made countless sacrifices to extinguish oppression, and never allowed resentment to lead him astray.
"Let us always find lessons and inspiration in President Nelson Mandela's life, draw strength from his struggle, and remember the strength of his unbreakable spirit.
"Hamba kahle Madiba, your legacy lives on."

President George H. W. Bush released this statement:

(He) was a man of tremendous moral courage, who changed the course of history in his country

  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • South Lake Tahoe Police Look for Missing, Endangered Man

    South Lake Tahoe Police Look for Missing, Endangered Man

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:56:58 GMT
    South Lake Tahoe Police are looking for 24-year-old Timothy Duran, who has been reported as missing. Police say Duran is an at risk missing person because he takes mental health medication, which they say he has not taken for several days.More >>
    South Lake Tahoe Police are looking for 24-year-old Timothy Duran, who has been reported as missing. Police say Duran is an at risk missing person because he takes mental health medication, which they say he has not taken for several days.
    More >>
  • Dine Out for Life on Thursday

    Dine Out for Life on Thursday

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:55:33 GMT
    Dining Out For Life is here! When you dine out at a participating restaurant on Thursday, April 24, a portion of your bill will go to Northern Nevada HOPES to support lifesaving HIV prevention, treatment, and care.More >>
    Dining Out For Life is here! When you dine out at a participating restaurant on Thursday, April 24, a portion of your bill will go to Northern Nevada HOPES to support lifesaving HIV prevention, treatment, and care.More >>
  • Sheriff's Office increases Resident Deputies in Incline Village

    Sheriff's Office increases Resident Deputies in Incline Village

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:42:09 GMT
    The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says it is enhancing the Resident Deputy Program in Incline Village. After more than half a year of planning and preparation, two Patrol Deputies and their families are now full-time residents of the community in which they serve.More >>
    The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says it is enhancing the Resident Deputy Program in Incline Village. After more than half a year of planning and preparation, two Patrol Deputies and their families are now full-time residents of the community in which they serve.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.