Twitter reacts to death of Nelson Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela died today after a lengthy illness. -
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died today after a lengthy illness.
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The world is mourning the loss of civil rights hero Nelson Mandela, who died today at the age of 95

The former South African president was imprisoned for 27 years but ultimately inspired his people to cast off apartheid and led them on a peaceful transformation.

“Despite his long years of captivity, Mr. Mandela left prison with a heart closed to calls for a settling of scores," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said. "Instead, he was filled by a longing for truth and reconciliation, and for an understanding between all peoples."

Harper noted Canada made Mandela an honourary Canadian citizen in 2001 and said his enduring legacy is the example he set through his own "long walk to freedom."

B.C. Premier Christy Clark called Mandela "one of humanity's true heroes" and said few others can claim a better legacy or to have made more of a difference.

"With the example he set, incalculable personal courage and true leadership, Mandela literally transformed his country. Largely because of him, South Africa's transition from apartheid to multiracial democracy was peaceful. It's easy to forget it could have been very different."

See below for reaction and tributes to Mandela via Twitter.

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