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will never be forgotten. Nelson Mandela
The prominent political leader, whose life-long work to end apartheid in his native South Africa and subsequent election as the country's first black president made him an icon and furthermore, a global symbol of peace and social change,
died Thursday, the government of South Africa confirmed. He was 95.
According to reports, Mandela died from complications due a recurring lung infection. He had been hospitalized since June 8.
And as with many cases lately, the world began to mourn the loss of such a peaceful soul on Twitter.
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" Olivia Wilde Oh Mandela, rest in peaceful freedom." " Anderson Cooper Mandela is gone. There is no one else like him." Marlee Matlin: " So sad to read of the passing of the symbol of global resistance to racism. RIP Nelson Mandela." " Piers Morgan BREAKING NEWS: Nelson Mandela has died, aged 95. One of the great men of history. RIP." Patti Stanger: " May the peace minister #NelsonMandela RIP as I'm sure the angels are dancing with joy tonight to get to hang with such a great man! Namaste." DL Hughley: " RIP Nelson Mandela u changed the Whole world with your dignity and Strength!!! "
" Tyra Banks @, 95 powerful years on this earth yet freedom for INFINITY because of you. You are an angel that will live forever."
PHOTOS: Hollywood gets political Damian McGinty: " Nelson Mandela. Legend of all legends. Deserves his rest." "' Alyssa Milano There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.' ~Nelson Mandela" Nancy Pelosi: " May the life of Nelson Mandela long stand as the ultimate tribute to the triumph of hope." " Michael Moore Thank you, Nelson Mandela. Freedom." Ethan Zohn: "' Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.' - Nelson Mandela " Josh Groban: " We have lost one of humanity's greatest treasures. RIP Madiba. I will never forget the lessons learned from him or his vision that lives on." " Donald Faison RIP Nelson Mandela."
" Ann Curry Nelson Mandela has died. Respect."
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" Ryan Phillippe What an amazing life lead by Madiba. A light & inspiration to the world...The privilege of spending a small amount of private time w/ Mr. Mandela as he held my baby daughter, is a highlight of my life...It was like being in the presence of a diety. He truly emanated warmth and humanity. Imperfect, like us all, but w/ a strength few possess...Mandela was bouncing Ava, then two yrs old, on his knee & called her, "future leader". I couldn't believe it in that moment. I still can't." " Mike Tyson I'm hearing about Nelson Mandela's death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela's family." Cory Booker: " Humanity has lost one of our greatest. RIP Nelson Mandela. Thank you for teaching us a deeper meaning of love, leadership & sacrifice." " Russell Simmons 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" " John Cusack Rest in Peace Nelson — a true champion of ." Peace - justice - love" "Sad to hear about the passing of Nelson Mandela - he was the greatest figure of the 21st century - a fascinating man" Larry King
Al Roker: " A giant of a man, Nelson Mandela, dead at the age of 95. His legacy and his spirit will live forever...Nelson Mandela proved one person can make a difference. God bless him"
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" Kelly Osbourne Today is officially one of the saddest days! The world has lost the most inspirational person to ever walk the earth rip " " Gilles Marini RIP. Not many warriors of freedom in this world but clearly He was one of them." " Whoopi Goldberg I want 2give the world a hug I was told Mandeba just passed. Nelson Mandela R.I.P. Time for a well earned sleep.Condolences to his family" Samuel L. Jackson: " Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country." " Fergie Meeting Nelson Mandela at his house in Johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. He was an angel." " Simon Cowell So sad to hear about Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace."
Bette Midler: " Nelson Mandela is gone. Goodbye and God bless you for all you did for humanity..."
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"' Olivia Munn 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.' RIPNelsonMandela" " John Legend What a heroic, beautiful life Mandela lived. Rest in peace." " Rose McGowan What a huge and impactful life he led." " Adam Lambert RIP Mandela" " Amber Riley " " Barbara Walters A remarkable man and an inspiration to all. Remembering "
" Kerry Washington RIP Nelson Mandela. God Bless You."
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" Rihanna you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!" " Charlize Theron 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" " Sean "Diddy" Combs Mandela stood for justice and truth!! Today the world lost a beautiful soul, fighter and true KING!! " "' Nicholas Hoult Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.' Mandela's flame will burn on. RIP" Khloé Kardashian Odom: " An amazing man with great wisdom. Rest in peace Nelson Mandela" "' Gwyneth Paltrow Your playing small does not serve the world'. " " ' Gabourey Sidibe The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.' -Nelson Mandela. Thank you for your bravery." Bill Gates: " 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."
" Ellen DeGeneres Today we lost the world's greatest advocate for peace and change. Nelson Mandela was a hero to so many. Rest in peace."
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