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Gallery: Nelson Mandela – a life in photos

A picture taken on February 11, 1990 shows Nelson Mandela (C) and his then-wife Winnie raising their fists and saluting cheering crowd upon Mandela's release from the Victor Verster prison near Paarl.
A picture taken on February 11, 1990 shows Nelson Mandela (C) and his then-wife Winnie raising their fists and saluting cheering crowd upon Mandela's release from the Victor Verster prison near Paarl. ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images

Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma said the former president passed away peacefully.

“He is now resting, he is now at peace.”

Here’s a glimpse at Nelson Mandela’s life in photos:

File photo of African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie at their wedding in 1957. This copy was taken from the family album the original was by Alf Khumalo.
File photo of African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie at their wedding in 1957. This copy was taken from the family album the original was by Alf Khumalo. ALF KHUMALO/AFP/Getty Images
Freed anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (L) and ANC general secretary and former Robben Island prison inmate Walter Sisulu raise their fist, 12 February 1990 in the garden of Desmond Tutu's residence in Cape Town, one day after the release from jail of Nelson Mandela.
Freed anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (L) and ANC general secretary and former Robben Island prison inmate Walter Sisulu raise their fist, 12 February 1990 in the garden of Desmond Tutu's residence in Cape Town, one day after the release from jail of Nelson Mandela. WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela rides in car through cheering fans as exiting from Victor Verster prison upon his release, 11 February 1990.
Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela rides in car through cheering fans as exiting from Victor Verster prison upon his release, 11 February 1990. ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/GettyImages
In this June 15, 1990 file photo, Pope John Paul II, right, shakes hands with Nelson Mandela, deputy leader of African National Congress, during a private audience at the Vatican. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Claudio Luffoli, File).
In this June 15, 1990 file photo, Pope John Paul II, right, shakes hands with Nelson Mandela, deputy leader of African National Congress, during a private audience at the Vatican. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Claudio Luffoli, File).
French President François Mitterrand (R) embraces his South African counterpart Nelson Mandela, 04 July 1994, after Mitterrand received the Order of Good Hope Award from Mandela in Cape Town. Mitterrand was on a two-day visit to South Africa. (Getty Images).
French President François Mitterrand (R) embraces his South African counterpart Nelson Mandela, 04 July 1994, after Mitterrand received the Order of Good Hope Award from Mandela in Cape Town. Mitterrand was on a two-day visit to South Africa. (Getty Images).
ANC president Nelson Mandela (L) kisses PLO leader Yasser Arafat, on June 30, 1992, during the 28th Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) summit in Dakar.  (Getty Images).
ANC president Nelson Mandela (L) kisses PLO leader Yasser Arafat, on June 30, 1992, during the 28th Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) summit in Dakar. (Getty Images).
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African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela listens to a little boy at a training farm, 31 January 1994 in Boskop, Western Transvaal. (Getty Images).
African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela listens to a little boy at a training farm, 31 January 1994 in Boskop, Western Transvaal. (Getty Images).
Former South African President Nelson Mandela walks on the 6-million piece mosaic floor on which the names of Nazi concentration camps are written at the Heroes Remembrance hall at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial center, in Jerusalem 18 October 1999. (Getty Images).
Former South African President Nelson Mandela walks on the 6-million piece mosaic floor on which the names of Nazi concentration camps are written at the Heroes Remembrance hall at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial center, in Jerusalem 18 October 1999. (Getty Images).
The former South African president Nelson Mandela wears a traditional Xhosa hat 11 February 2000, during a ceremony at his village of Qunu. (Getty Images).
The former South African president Nelson Mandela wears a traditional Xhosa hat 11 February 2000, during a ceremony at his village of Qunu. (Getty Images).
Former South African president Nelson Mandela (L) hug with Cuban president Fidel Castro at Mandela's office in Johannesburg 02 September 2001. (Getty Images).
Former South African president Nelson Mandela (L) hug with Cuban president Fidel Castro at Mandela's office in Johannesburg 02 September 2001. (Getty Images).
Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) with Britain's Prince Charles at the People's Party held at Amsterdam Aren, 01 February 2002. (Getty Images).
Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) with Britain's Prince Charles at the People's Party held at Amsterdam Aren, 01 February 2002. (Getty Images).
Former South African President Nelson Mandela unveils a plaque at 13 Lyme street in Camden, north London , 11 July 2003. Mandela unveiled the plaque to fellow South African freedom fighters Joe Slovo and Ruth First who lived in the building from 1966 to 1978. (Getty Images).
Former South African President Nelson Mandela unveils a plaque at 13 Lyme street in Camden, north London , 11 July 2003. Mandela unveiled the plaque to fellow South African freedom fighters Joe Slovo and Ruth First who lived in the building from 1966 to 1978. (Getty Images).
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (left) meets with former South African President, Nelson Mandela during a reception at Buckingham Palace, London, 20 October 2003, to mark the centenary of the Rhodes Trust, started by the 19th century entrepreneur, Cecil John Rhodes, which provides scholarships for students around the world to study at Oxford University. (Getty Images).
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (left) meets with former South African President, Nelson Mandela during a reception at Buckingham Palace, London, 20 October 2003, to mark the centenary of the Rhodes Trust, started by the 19th century entrepreneur, Cecil John Rhodes, which provides scholarships for students around the world to study at Oxford University. (Getty Images).
South African former president Nelson Mandela announces at a press conference that his son Makgatho has died of AIDS, 06 January 2005 in Johannesburg. 'We have called you here today to announce that my son has died of AIDS,' Mandela told reporters gathered at his Johannesburg home just hours after his only surviving son passed away. (Getty Images).
South African former president Nelson Mandela announces at a press conference that his son Makgatho has died of AIDS, 06 January 2005 in Johannesburg. 'We have called you here today to announce that my son has died of AIDS,' Mandela told reporters gathered at his Johannesburg home just hours after his only surviving son passed away. (Getty Images).
South African former President Nelson Mandela and South African President Thabo Mbeki 29 July 2006, pose during the fourth annual Nelson Mandela lecture held at Wits University Johannesburg. (Getty Images).
South African former President Nelson Mandela and South African President Thabo Mbeki 29 July 2006, pose during the fourth annual Nelson Mandela lecture held at Wits University Johannesburg. (Getty Images).
Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) is greeted by his former wife Winnie (R) in Johannesburg at Ellis Park stadium on April 19, 2009 at the final African National Congress election rally. (Getty Images).
Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) is greeted by his former wife Winnie (R) in Johannesburg at Ellis Park stadium on April 19, 2009 at the final African National Congress election rally. (Getty Images).
Former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela (L) arrives with wife Graca Machel (R) for the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma at the Union Building in Pretoria, on May 9, 2009. (Getty Images).
Former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela (L) arrives with wife Graca Machel (R) for the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma at the Union Building in Pretoria, on May 9, 2009. (Getty Images).
This file photo provided June 21, 2011 by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, shows US First Lady Michelle Obama center, accompanied by her daughters, Malia, left and Sasha, meet former South African President Nelson Mandela, at this home in Houghton, South Africa. (AP Photo/ Debbie Yazbek, Nelson Mandela Foundation, File) .
This file photo provided June 21, 2011 by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, shows US First Lady Michelle Obama center, accompanied by her daughters, Malia, left and Sasha, meet former South African President Nelson Mandela, at this home in Houghton, South Africa. (AP Photo/ Debbie Yazbek, Nelson Mandela Foundation, File) .
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