Nelson Mandela, the global statesman who delivered South Africa from the dark days of apartheid, has died aged 95.
Mr Mandela had suffered from a series of lung infections over the past two years and died at home in the company of his family.
The news of his passing was made in a statement made by South African President Jacob Zuma which was broadcast on national TV.
Mr Mandela's wife Graca Machel, and some of his three children, 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren were with him in his final days, with other family and friends in attendance.
Early this morning, it was confirmed that Mr Mandela's daughters with Winnie Mandela, Zenani and Zindzi, both attended the premiere of his biopic in London and were given the news as they sat watching the film.
"They received the news of their father’s passing during the screening and immediately left the cinema," a spokesman for the Nelson Mandela Foundation said.