Nelson Mandela Dies: Dignitaries and Stars Pay Respects
12/05/2013 AT 05:55 PM EST
Madela passed away Thursday at the age of 95.
"The founding President of our democratic nation has departed," the current President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, using Mandela's tribal name, said in an address to the nation. "He passed on peacefully in the company of his family ... on the 5th of December 2013. He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
Read on to see what others had to say about the loss of Mandela.