Following the news of Nelson Mandela's death, Oprah Winfrey released a statement giving insight on her relationship with Mandela and what his life meant to her and the world.
"One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you've ever heard and more—humble and unscathed by bitterness," said Oprah, "And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all."
OWN will be re-airing Nelson Mandela's historic interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show this Sunday at 8 pm.