Grief, deep admiration expressed worldwide for the revered Nelson Mandela

By Craig Timberg, DeNeen L. Brown, December 6, 2013

South Africans sang, world leaders openly grieved and
cyberspace erupted with Nelson Mandela tributes in a collage of languages Thursday as word spread that a man likened to a living saint had died.

The passing of Mandela, 95 and long ill, was at once thoroughly foretold and unexpectedly jarring, as people recalled his graceful leadership through what appeared to be an intractable racial crisis in South Africa and his ability to embody hope for moral progress in a beleaguered and often-unjust world.

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