Nelson Mandela, the man who shaped modern South Africa and an anti-apartheid icon has died at the age of 95, South African President Jacob Zuma announced. "He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father," Zuma said. "What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves." Mandela emerged from prison after 27 years to become a symbol of hope and change and became the leader of his country. The former President had been battling with health issues in recent months. U.S. President Obama was among the world leaders that Mandela touched and inspired. "He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages," a very emotional Obama said at the White House. "“We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again — so it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love, to never discount the difference that one person can make, to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice."

President Obama is expected to attend the state funeral and added, "“I am one of the countless millions who drew inspirations from Nelson Mandela’s life,” Obama said. “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. So long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him.” Former U.S. President Bill Clinton also released a statement saying, "[Nelson Mandela taught us so much about so many things. Perhaps the greatest lesson, especially for young people, is that, while bad things do happen to good people, we still have the freedom and responsibility to decide how to respond to injustice, cruelty and violence and how they will affect our spirits, hearts and minds."

Mandela fought hard for the civil rights movement in South Africa and introduced democracy. "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner," the inspirational leader once said. "There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and nonviolence against a government whose reply is only savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people," Mandela said. How would Mandela want to be remembered, he once said, "I would like to be remembered not as anyone unique or special, but as part of a great team in this country that has struggled for many years, for decades and even centuries," he said. "The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall." Scroll-through our photo gallery above to see the moments Nelson Mandela inspired us all.