nelson mandela

South African icon and former president Nelson Mandela died Thursday in his home at the age of 95. According to NBC News, a state funeral will be held for the politician and activist, who served as a beacon of hope for so many in Africa and across the globe.

As we mourn his death, numerous supporters of the Nobel Peace Prize winner tweeted their condolences and memories of him across social media. We compiled some of the best sent in his memory.

United States President Barack Obama began with this:

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres sent her condolences to the fallen hero:

Isaiah Washington changed his avatar to a picture of Mandela.

Author Nicholas Sparks paid tribute to his memory:

As did rapper and Wu-Tang Clan leader, RZA:

Jennifer Lopez quoted the influential leader:

Human rights activist and musician Tom Morello thanked Mandela for his great work:


Truly a global figure, Mandela received the title “Man of the Century” from Australia’s former prime minister, Kevin Rudd.

Activist and blogger Ben Patrick Johnson weighed in on the matter.

Actress Persia White said positively that Mandela’s dream will live on:

And finally,


Watch The Specials perform the song “Free Nelson Mandela” as part of a concert at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in 2009.

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