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President Barack Obama on Thursday mourned the death of South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon. Obama made a somber appearance at the White House to talk about the loss of Mandela with whom he shares the distinction of being his nation's first black president.
2320 GMT: Outside of Mandela's home Andrew Beatty reports a crowd of over 500 people of different races, young and old gathered for an impromptu vigil singing anti-apartheid songs. He says the mood is not sad but celebratory, with people singing waving flags, shouting, "Viva Mandela, Long Live Madiba." Idris Elba who currently stars in the biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" released a statement saying, "What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. American actor Morgan Freeman, who portrayed Mandela in the film "Invictus", also wrote in Time Magazine it was an "everlasting honor" when Mandela named him as the person he would like to portray him in a film.