“Nelson Mandela was a personal hero – not only for me, but for countless individuals. He taught us that nothing worth fighting for is easily attained. His sacrifice in the pursuit of democratic change has been felt the world over.
“He also reminded us that we should not canonize our heroes. He was a man of flesh and blood who led a disciplined, principled life devoted to justice. He maintained his dignity throughout his quest for freedom.
“His humility and spirit, his persistence and courage, have inspired millions. We lost a tremendous man today – but his legacy will continue to shape generations.”