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Top Mass. Officials Mourn Death of Nelson Mandela

(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, FILE)

(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, FILE)

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ top political figures are mourning the death of Nelson Mandela.

Gov. Deval Patrick called the anti-apartheid leader “a remarkable and inspiring example of resilience, persistence, determination and grace, in his time and for all time.”

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey described Mandela as a “hero for the ages” and said that by “enduring the shackles of prison for nearly three decades, he freed the world from the scourge of apartheid.”

Congressman Joe Kennedy said Mandela “brought the light of justice to a world struggling against the darkness of oppression and hate.”

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and a colossus of the 20th century, was already a world figure when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa.

He died Thursday at age 95.

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