MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum says the world "has lost an icon for justice and a true freedom fighter" with the death of Nelson Mandela.
McCollum issued a statement Thursday on the death of Mandela. South Africa's first black president died at age 95.
McCollum says Mandela inspired "not only Africans, but a global generation committed to abolishing apartheid."
The Democratic congresswoman extended her condolences to the people of South Africa for their loss, which she calls "truly a loss for the human race."