World Mourns Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s “Greatest Son”

The former South African president died Thursday at the age of 95. As news of his death spread, people around the world gathered to celebrate the life of the anti-apartheid leader.

1. People listen to a radio as South African President Jacob Zuma announces the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela in South Africa:

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2. A woman cries as she holds a candle and a flower outside Mandela’s house in Houghton, South Africa:

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3. People gather at the statue of Mandela at the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C.:

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4. People chant and sing outside Mandela’s home after news of his death:

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5. Lungi Morrison, the granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, sings after lighting a candle for Mandela in London:

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6. A woman holds a poster outside Mandela’s home:

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7. Flowers, candles, and tributes are left in memory of Mandela near Trafalgar Square in London:

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8. The Omni Hotel in Dallas is lit up in the colors of the South Africa flag in honor of Mandela:

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9. The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat players hold a moment of silence for Mandela before their game in Chicago:

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10. Mourners light candles outside the Embassy of South Africa:

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11. South Africans light candles for Mandela on hearing of his death outside his Johannesburg home:

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13. People release paper lanterns outside Madiba, a restaurant named in honor of Mandela, in Brooklyn:

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14. Mourners look at a statue of Mandela outside the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C.:

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15. A man holds candles in front of a mural of Mandela and President Obama in New York:

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16. The Apollo Theater marquee pays respects to the life of Mandela:

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17. A picture of Mandela is taped to a wall beneath the Apollo Theater marquee:

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18. The United Nations Security Council observes a minute of silence upon the news of the death of Mandela:

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19. The morning after Mandela’s death, mourners continued to gather outside his home in Houghton, Johannesburg:

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20. The mourners came together, singing and dancing to celebrate the life of their beloved “Madiba”:

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21. A giant photo banner of Mandela now covers the facade of the Quai d’Orsay Foreign Affairs Ministry in Paris:

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22. Flags across London were flown at half-mast, including the Union Jack at the Houses of Parliament:

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23. The flat at the South African High Commission in London is also at half-mast:

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24. Nelson Mandela, 1918–2013.

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