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.”
More reactions from politicians and celebrities:
"Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived." —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 5, 2013
I will never forget my friend Madiba. pic.twitter.com/UX21ZZG7cg
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 5, 2013
Every time Melinda and I met Nelson Mandela, we left more inspired than ever. His grace and courage changed the world. This is a sad day.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) December 5, 2013
(2/2) Nelson Mandela’s profound legacy will forever inspire all who fight for human rights and peace around the globe.
— Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) December 5, 2013
A remarkable man and an inspiration to all. Remembering #NelsonMandela
— Barbara Walters (@BarbaraJWalters) December 5, 2013
Humanity has lost a great leader w/ the passing of Nelson Mandela. His influence won't end w/ his passing. Truly a life to celebrate.
— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) December 5, 2013
I'm hearing about Nelson Mandela's death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela's family. pic.twitter.com/i5ONBP9Xez
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) December 5, 2013
One of our GREATEST leaders… Thank you for BEING the true meaning of compassion. May you be at peace now. #RIPNelsonMandela
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) December 5, 2013
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) December 5, 2013
Mandela led his country with a quiet moral authority that directed his own path from prisoner to president http://t.co/WoDe0qO05A
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) December 5, 2013
— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) December 5, 2013
In a way, Mandela was both the “George Washington” and “Abraham Lincoln” of his country. We're so fortunate to have lived in his time.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) December 5, 2013
— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 6, 2013
I hope the great work started by Nelson Mandela continues to spread across the world. He will be remembered as an icon for equality.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) 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
#RIP Nelson Mandela. The best example of a human being I can think of. The world is a better place because of you. Thank you
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) December 5, 2013
“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) December 5, 2013