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President Obama says that Nelson Mandela left a legacy of a free South Africa

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Thursday, President Obama addressed the country about the death of Nelson Mandela and what he did for the world. Obama said that Nelson Mandela’s legacy is that he left behind a free South Africa. Nelson Mandela died Thursday at age 95 after numerous battles with his health.

Obama said: "the United States has lost a close friend, South Africa has lost an incomparable liberator, and the world has lost an inspiration for freedom, justice, and human dignity -- Nelson Mandela is no longer with us, he belongs to the ages," according to USA Today.

Mandela "transformed South Africa -- and moved the entire world. His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings -- and countries -- can change for the better."

"While we mourn his loss, we will forever honor Nelson Mandela's memory. He left behind a South Africa that is free."

See the video above for President Obama's entire speech about Nelson Mandela.

Friday, USA Today reported that President Obama is making travel arrangements to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral. For more on that story, click here.

Most recently, Mandela had been having lung infection complications and made several trips to the hospital and stayed there for a length of time. Over the last decade, Nelson Mandela was rarely seen in public.

Nelson Mandela is a former president of South Africa and was best known for spending 27 years in prison in South Africa during apartheid.

In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994, Mandela became South Africa's first black president and served for five years. His last public appearance was during the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament when it was held in South Africa. He was imprisoned for 27 years in an attempt to fight racist white rule. Mandela was retired and lived in the village of Qunu.

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