Tributes, memorials, flowers and candles graced the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa as mourners gathered to sing, dance and remember their beloved Nelson Mandela, the freedom fighter responsible for leading South Africa from white rule and apartheid.
The rest of the world, however, was not exempt, and as news that Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and Nobel Peace recipient, had peacefully passed away after 95 years of excellence spread, so did the tributes.
Twitter exploded with Mandela quotes. Politicians recalled meeting Mandela for the first time. Social activists told stories of their call to activism, sparked by Mandela’s fierce fight to end inequality in South Africa. And Hollywood, currently celebrating the release of the biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, mourned the loss of a great leader.
It was at the London premiere for the film that Idris Elba, who plays a young Mandela in the movie, was informed about his death.
“What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
South African actress Charlize Theron offered these kind words to Mandela’s family:
“My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever,” adding: ‘”here will never be words to say what I’m feeling right now. I am saddened to the depths of my soul. Truly.”
And Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in the 2009 film Invictus, offered his condolences, describing the great leader as “a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind.”
Other celebrities weighed in on Mandela’s passing:
Nelson Mandela was an angel walking on this earth. You were one the greatest teachers this world has ever known. We love you and we miss you
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) December 5, 2013
— Rihanna (@rihanna) December 5, 2013
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
Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. A fearless leader, incredible human being, inspiration, a REAL hero. Truly one of a kind. God bless you.
— Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. God Bless You. http://t.co/yRZh3RrP7K
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 5, 2013
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela…may your principles of love be the guiding light for future generations. http://t.co/itkfciFn0f
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) December 6, 2013
Mr. Mandela fought for freedoms and equality that changed South Africa and the world. We can all learn from his extraordinary journey.
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) December 6, 2013
Take a look to see how countries around the world are remembering our beloved Madiba.
SOURCE: Twitter, Instagram | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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A woman draped in a South African national flag mourns at a memorial for the late Nelson Mandela outside of the South African embassy near Trafalgar Square, London.
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In Spain, national newspapers all feature the face of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
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In Harlem, NY the famous Apollo Theater marquee announces the death of former South African President and civil rights champion Nelson.
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Crowds gather outside of Nelson Mandela's Johannesburg home after learning of the activist's death.
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In Beijing, China, a man walks past a poster honoring Nelson Mandela.
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Members of the First AME Church Freedom Mass Choir in Los Angeles pray in honor of the anti-apartheid leader.
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People attend a service to honor Nelson Mandela at the Brooklyn restaurant Madiba.
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In London, mourners place tributes at the foot of a statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square.
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In Sun City, South Africa, flags fly at half mast to honor their beloved Madiba.
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A woman in London is comforted by a man at a memorial for the anti-apartheid leader.
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In Harlem, a man holds up a candle to a mural of the former South African president.
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Patrons honor Nelson Mandela at the Madiba South African restaurant following the announcement of his death.
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Nelson Mandela's casket, draped in the South African national flag, is taken from his home in Johannesburg. The country is now in an eight day mourning period.
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People gather to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela, the activist who emancipated South Africa from white rule and served as the country's first black president.