"He achieved more than could be expected of any man and today he’s gone home," U.S. President Barack Obama said. "We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will ever share time with on this earth. He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages”
British Prime Minister David Cameron said "a great light has gone out in the world."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that "the world has lost one of its great moral leaders and statesmen."
South African President Jacob Zuma, who announced Mandela's death, said that the nation "has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."