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:
“Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived.” —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 5, 2013
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres sent her condolences to the fallen hero:
Today we lost the world’s greatest advocate for peace and change. Nelson Mandela was a hero to so many. Rest in peace. — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 5, 2013
Isaiah Washington changed his avatar to a picture of Mandela.
RIP Nelson Mandela
— Isaiah Washington (@IWashington) December 5, 2013
Author Nicholas Sparks paid tribute to his memory:
The world is a sadder place now that Nelson Mandela has been asked to join our Lord in heaven. His memory and lessons will live forever.
— Nicholas Sparks (@NicholasSparks) December 5, 2013
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:
RIP Nelson Mandela. Hero. Freedom Fighter. An iron will and a heart of mercy. Thanks for your struggle and your example.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) December 5, 2013
Truly a global figure, Mandela received the title “Man of the Century” from Australia’s former prime minister, Kevin Rudd.
In a word, the transformational power of forgiveness and reconciliation. Man of the century: Nelson Mandela. KRudd
— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) December 5, 2013
Activist and blogger Ben Patrick Johnson weighed in on the matter.
Saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela. We have lost a warrior for peace, justice and goodness in the world. — BEN PATRICK JOHNSON (@benpatrick90069) December 5, 2013
Actress Persia White said positively that Mandela’s dream will live on:
Nelson Mandela’s heart lives inside me as well as every person who fearleslessly seeks truth, compassion, love and peace for all. — persiawhite (@RealPersiaWhite) December 5, 2013
I will never forget my friend Madiba. pic.twitter.com/UX21ZZG7cg
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 5, 2013
Watch The Specials perform the song “Free Nelson Mandela” as part of a concert at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in 2009.
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