Pedestrians pass beneath the Apollo Theatre marquee commemorating the life of South African leader Nelson Mandela. South Africa's first black president died Thursday after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo)
Former South African President Nelson Mandela smiling prior to receiving an honorary degree during a ceremony at Ryerson University in Toronto. Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa. (AP Photo)
A woman lights a candle for Nelson Mandela outside South African High Commission in London. The world mourns and feels the loss of a global icon . (AP Photo)
U.S. President Barack Obama turns from the podium after speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, about the death of Nelson Mandela. Obama says the world has lost an influential, courageous and 'profoundly good' man with the death of anti apartheid icon Mandela. (AP Photo)
The UNSC observes a moment of silence in memory of the passing of Nelson Mandela, at UN Headquarters on Thursday.
His death closed the final chapter in South Africa's struggle to cast off apartheid, leaving the world with indelible memories of a man of astonishing grace and good humor. (AP Photo)