Celebs React to Nelson Mandela's Passing

Celebrities from across the globe react to the passing of South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela.

Charli Penn Dec, 05, 2013

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WIll Smith

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"I'm stunned, crushed, in mourning with you and his family, I feel only honoured to have portrayed him.  He's in a better place now.  RIP NM." -- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star, Idris Elba

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President Barack Obama

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"Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the loves of other human beings. Rest in peace." -- Beyoncé

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"Beloveds, let us offer light to the spirit of Nelson Mandela as he moves to the next level of his journey." -- Iyanla Vanzant

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"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" -- Russell Simmons

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"Free Nelson Mandela! Nelson Mandela Is Free. #Respect" -- Questlove

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"President Nelson Mandela Born July 18th,1918-December 5th In The Year Of Our Lawd 2013." -- Spike Lee

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"'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.' - #NelsonMandela" -- Jesse Williams

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"When I first met him, he said "Be steadfast in your opposition." I shall never forget him. http://ow.ly/rvyGe  #RIPNelsonMandela" -- Cornell West

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"Humanity has lost one of our greatest. RIP Nelson Mandela. Thank you for teaching us a deeper meaning of love, leadership & sacrifice." -- Cory Booker

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Robin Roberts

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"This man stood for justice and honor!! Today we lost a beautiful soul, inspiration and a true KING! #RIPMandela" -- Diddy

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"#RIPNelsonMandela Education and compassion are our only tools to combat ignorance and hate... Love & Light to all #onelove" -- Gabrielle Union

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"My heart aches!! Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela…." -- Tia Mowry-Hardrict

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"The passing of #NelsonMandela is sad for many, but a true celebration of life. He was a true world hero!" -- Roland S. Martin

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"wow. #RIPNelsonMandela" -- Kelly Rowland

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"R.I.P Nelson Mandela. Prayers and love to all. This great man will be missed NEVER FORGOTTEN!!! A true hero!!!" -- Marsha Ambrosius

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"Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. Gone but NEVER forgotten." -- Niecy Nash

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"A warrior for the world. #RIPNelsonMandela " -- CBS' Sunday Morning news anchor Nancy Giles

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Holly Robinson-Peete

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"The definition of Strength is "Nelson Mandela" #RIP #GREATNESS #ICON" -- Kevin Hart

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"#RIPNelsonMandela " -- Amber Riley

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"My sincerest condolences to The Mandela family. N ever will his countless efforts & sacrifice be forgotten. There are few that live their lives dedicated to others but Nelson Mandela did…" -- Monica

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"#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!" -- Rihanna

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"Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. A fearless leader, incredible human being, inspiration, a REAL hero. Truly one of a kind. God bless you." -- Jamie Foxx

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"RIP Mandela. We salute you for your life, your leadership and your devotion to humanity. Thank you for all your scarifies in the name of freedom. Your legacy lives in our hearts now and forever." -- Sanaa Lathan

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Elle Varner

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"Hero for Humanity. Rest in Peace, Madiba" -- Keri Hilson

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"Nelson Mandela was a man of courage. A great man who loved his nation and struggled to free it from apartheid." -- CNN News Correspondent Donna Brazile

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"R I P #NelsonMandela never forgotten! A man who truly stood for something!" -- Angela Simmons

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"...so I ask "What will YOU do with your time on this earth?" Talk about a purpose driven life. Thank You & #RIPNelsonMandela xo" -- Melanie Fiona

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"REST IN PEACE MADIBA! Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95." -- Tom Joyner

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"Rest in Peace Mr. Mandela You were "the voice of change" -- June Ambrose

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