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The hero of South Africa -- and an inspiration to millions worldwide -- died Thursday (Dec. 5) at 95. The Twitterverse lit up with memories, appreciations and prayers.

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  1. Mandela, my hero! May God bless his soul! May we learn courage, steadfastness, dignity from his life! A lot to be inspired from his life.
    Dr. Rajwant Singh, Sikh Council on Religion and Education