Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along with former First Lady Laura Bush, will attend former South African President Nelson Mandela's funeral, according to reports from Reuters and CNN.
Mandela, who served 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities and led his continent into a new era, died on Thursday at the age of 95. After news of his death was confirmed by South African President Jacob Zuma, Clinton tweeted in remembrance of the civil rights activist:
I will never forget my friend Madiba. pic.twitter.com/UX21ZZG7cg
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 5, 2013
Bush released a statement Thursday calling Mandela "one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time."