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Sydney Scott
Apr, 03, 2018

On Monday, anti-apartheid hero and South African icon Winnie Mandela passed away, leaving behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Social media was flooded with tributes to the former wife of late President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, remembering her major role in the anti-apartheid movement. 

A number of celebrities shared their memories and thoughts as news spread of Mandela's death, including Idris Elba and Naomi Campbell.

Elba, who starred as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, shared on Twitter, "Rest in peace Mama Winnie. My heart is heavy right now. You lived a full and important life contributing to the liberation of a nation by force and ACTUAL ACTIVISM. You will never be forgotten."

Campbell, who was a friend of the Mandelas, wrote, "I cherish the times I spent with you, embracing me in your family & home. You were Woman of strength that endured so much hardship and sacrifice. Without you we would not know anything about Tata and his 27 years. You will remain in my heart!! R.I.P WINNIE MANDELA."

Other celebrities like Viola Davis and Joy-Ann Reid shared their sympathies as well. 

Congresswoman Maxine Waters tweeted, "Today I mourn the loss of my dear friend & one of the greatest leaders & activists in the world: Winnie Mandela. I worked w/ her on the release of N. Mandela & to end apartheid in South Africa. We should all pay tribute to Winnie's persistence in the face of injustice & racism."

It will be impossible to forget such a woman who made history and inspired others, not only in South Africa, but around the world.

Mandela is survived by her two daughters, Zindziswa and Zenani Mandela.