HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s chief executive is remembering Nelson Mandela as “a colossus of freedom.”

Gov. Tom Corbett issued a statement Thursday that said the world lost one of its greatest statesmen and a champion of liberty.

He says the former South African president’s personal courage in fighting for equality and human rights was matched by a generosity of spirit in uniting and reconciling his country, freeing it from the system of apartheid.

Corbett says the world is a better place for Mandela having lived.

Mandela died Thursday at age 95.

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