Story highlightsIn a nation healing from the scars of apartheid, Nelson Mandela became the moral compass With bouts of illness, the anti-apartheid icon faded from the limelight in recent years Mandela spent 27 years in prison; 18 of them were on Robben IslandNelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday.
Mandela was 95.
"He is now resting. He is now at peace," Zuma said. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
The former president battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring