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New Yorkers hail Mandela as 'someone who made a difference'

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) As news broke that former South African President Nelson Mandela died after a prolonged lung infection at his Johannesburg home on Thursday, people in New York reflect on his legacy. Mandela, the country's first black president and anti-apartheid icon, emerged from 27 years in apartheid prisons to help guide South Africa through bloodshed and turmoil to democracy. "Are you serious? Man, that's messed up. I feel bad. God bless him, God bless his family and God bless all the people he fought for. I hope his legacy lives on because he fought hard for a lot of good people," New Yorker Kareem Holmes said. "Oh my gosh, he was such a great icon. I can not believe that," said tourist Chanel McClennahahn. "This is a shocker to the world and I know that a lot of people will be sad because he did a lot for Africa and everything," she added. Tourists and locals alike were surprised to learn the news in spite of the fact that the

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