Nelson Mandela’s death sparks global response

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(CNN) — Word of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s death Thursday sparked an outpouring of responses and personal recollections from around the world. Here are some of them:

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South African President Jacob Zuma

“Our thoughts are with the South African people, who today mourn the loss of the one person who, more than any other, came to embody their sense of a common nation. Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own, and who saw his cause as their cause. This is the moment of our deepest sorrow. Our nation has lost its greatest son.”

Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela

“All that I can do is thank God that I had a grandfather who loved and guided all of us in the family. The best lesson that he taught all of us was the…

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