Miami Heat star LeBron James has joined the growing list of sporting icons to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
The former South African president, who famously spent 27 years in jail whilst fighting for freedom for his country, passed away last night at his home, and has sparked world-wide grieving.
And James, widely considered to be the greatest basketballer player in the world at the current time, has lamented the loss of Mandela and stated his admiration for the man who changed the ideals of a generation.
According to For the Win, the Miami Heat forward said: "His words, his mind will live on forever. In his 95 years, he was able to do some unbelievable things, not just for South Africa but for the world.
"You hate to lose a pioneer and a great, but what they leave behind means more than anything, and I think what Nelson Mandela will leave behind is more than him himself.
"It’s going to going to live on forever like Martin Luther King and some of the other greats that have come and gone. It’s a sad day for his family, but I think for us to all be in this position to see what he meant for the world means everything."
As expected the news of Mandela's passing has been met with dismay in virtually every corner of the planet, but as James rightly recognises; his legacy will undoubtedly be just as strong in death as it was in life.