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Originally published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM

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Select local reactions to the death of Nelson Mandela

Thank you, Nelson Mandela. You were a force of good in this world. My life is inspired by your courage.
Shauna James Ahern on Twitter

Every time Melinda and I met Nelson Mandela, we left more inspired than ever. His grace and courage changed the world. This is a sad day.
Bill Gates on Twitter

You were a rare example of men who do lasting good for humanity.Had courage & humility many lack.Your dream lives on. R.I.P Nelson Mandela
Edward Akenga on Twitter

My thoughts & prayers go out to all the family & friends of Nelson Mandela. His spirit, determination & love, lifted a nation & the world.
Marcya on Twitter

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela. I feel very lucky to have had a momentary interaction with him when I was a kid. The world has lost a great man.
Cameron Collins on Twitter

The world is diminished by his absence, but what motivated him, and has motivated others through the centuries will never be diminished.
Easter 1916 on Seattle Times

Nelson Mandela.....the voice of freedom..leave our planet graceful....great impacts and legacy....may the Lord comfort his Family!

There will never ever be another human being as influential and inspiring like Nelson Mandela. "It always seems impossible until its done."
P. Alberto Sánchez on Twitter

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