Nelson Mandela. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 on Thursday, and the world quickly took to popular social medias sites to mourn the passing of the South African leader.

The outpouring on sites like Twitter in honor of the Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities began coming in shortly after President Jacob Zuma made the announcement around 4:45 p.m.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson said he had “never met a better person in his life”; hip-hop mogul Russell Simons said the iconic figure “was an angel walking on this earth”; South African actress Charlize Theron said his “impact on this world will live forever”; and actress Alyssa Milano quoted Mandela, “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

Idris Elba, who plays Mandela in the new biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” spoke out about Mandela’s passing: “I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba’s family,” Elba said. “We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth. I only feel honored to be associated with him. He is in a better place now.”

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