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Celebrity Reactions to Nelson Mandela's Death

Celebrities React to Nelson Mandela's Passing

Following Nelson Mandela's passing at age 95, celebrities have taken to Twitter to share thoughtful words and tributes about the great world leader. President Barack Obama called Mandela "a man who took history in his hands," while stars like Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez, and Jamie Foxx thanked him for his impact on the world.

Prince William, who had just viewed a screening of the new film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with Kate, said after receiving the news, "It's obviously extremely sad and tragic news. We were just reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was, and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family." Read more heartfelt celebrity messages below.

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Today, an eloquent voice has been silenced, a beautiful mind stilled, and a bountiful heart stopped. The epic soul of Nelson Mandela is now at rest. It is routine to suggest that the legacy of a man or woman will outlive that person, but in this case, the world will never be the same now that Nelson Mandela has occupied it. The example of his leadership – from prison to the presidency – from a land riven by fear to a people reconciled through truth and justice – will stand for all time. Fifteen years ago, in an address to the United Nations, Mandela wrote his own epitaph: “As I sit in Qunu and grow as ancient as its hills, I will entertain the hope that there has emerged a cadre of leaders in my own country and region, on my continent and in the world, that will not allow any to be denied freedom as we were; that will not allow any to be turned into refugees as we were; that will not allow any to be condemned to go hungry as we were; and that will not allow any to be stripped of their dignity as we were.” I remember Nelson Mandela was a man of profound dignity. In 2001 Ione Biggs and Renate Jakupca, together as Co-Directors of the 'US Network for the United Nations World Conference Against Racism' a project of the International center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) made their mark on contemporary history in Durban, South Africa by answering the United Nations' call to "forge a real sense of vision and common purpose in the struggle for racial harmony and tolerance." Their courage and vision were publicly recognized when Ione and Renate received from Nelson Mandela his International Gold Medal Leadership Award in Human Rights. Now as we mourn his passing and celebrate his life, we must also find inspiration in his memory – striving daily to promote peace, freedom, and dignity for others.His lessons will live on, and his life's work will continue to inspire us all. Madiba~ Thank you for all you have given. You will not be forgotten. Peace Friend.
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