Nelson Mandela Dies at 95: Celebrities React to Death on Twitter
By Daniel Gates | 5:09 pm, December 5th, 2013
Nelson Mandela died at 95 on Thursday, leading to a worldwide outpouring of grief and tributes to the South African icon. See some of the reaction from Hollywood and beyond below. Gossip Cop will be updating.
#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We’ll always love you for it!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) 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
Today the world lost one it’s greatest leaders. Rest in peace Mandela…
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) December 5, 2013
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 (@iamjamiefoxx) December 5, 2013
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. You will be missed. #trueinspiration #peoplewhochangetheworld
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) December 5, 2013
“Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived.” —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 5, 2013
Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) December 5, 2013
A remarkable man and an inspiration to all. Remembering #NelsonMandela
— Barbara Walters (@BarbaraJWalters) December 5, 2013
So sad to read of the passing of the symbol of global resistance to racism. RIP Nelson Mandela
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) December 5, 2013
Mandela is gone. There is no one else like him.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 5, 2013
Oh Mandela, rest in peaceful freedom.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) December 5, 2013
#BREAKING Nelson #Mandela has died. So heartbreaking. There is no one like him. #inspiration
— maria menounos (@mariamenounos) December 5, 2013
You have to love the Mandela life.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 5, 2013
My statement on the passing of a hero, President Mandela: http://t.co/ce8FyjCzN1
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) December 5, 2013
Beloved Madiba you taught the world to walk from anger toward peace and understanding. No words can adequately express our gratitude. RIP
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 5, 2013
The world has lost someone truly inspiring. Rest in peace Nelson Mandela
— Enrique Iglesias (@enrique305) December 5, 2013
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.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) December 5, 2013
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” #RIPNelsonMandela
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) 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
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he… http://t.co/fYIzKRdHDZ
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) December 5, 2013
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” ~Nelson Mandela
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 5, 2013
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela. Humanity at its absolute best.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 5, 2013
He lives within us forever. We will never forget. pic.twitter.com/xLOEr8QW6O
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) December 5, 2013
Rest in eternal peace, love and light #NelsonMandela
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 5, 2013
Dearest Nelson Mandela. An inspiring life doesn’t begin to describe, an icon, a hero, a saint to the fullest. #RIP marvelous, beautiful man.
— Eliza Dushku (@elizadushku) December 5, 2013
I will never forget my friend Madiba. pic.twitter.com/UX21ZZG7cg
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 5, 2013
The valiant Nelson Mandela. http://t.co/TexZSXlASU
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) December 5, 2013
— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) December 5, 2013
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mandela
— bob saget (@bobsaget) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy…
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) December 5, 2013
“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” Mandela’s flame will burn on. RIP
— Nicholas Hoult (@NicholasHoult) December 5, 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
RIP Nelson Mandela. God Bless You. http://t.co/yRZh3RrP7K
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 5, 2013
What a huge and impactful life he led. http://t.co/BvsY3iAfYX
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) 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
Rest in peace http://t.co/rubHOLcWxC
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) December 5, 2013
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” http://t.co/SEpk0cKeI5
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) December 5, 2013
A giant of a man, Nelson Mandela, dead at the age of 95. His legacy and his spirit will live forever. pic.twitter.com/dJLuo7rRwy
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 5, 2013
Huge sadness for the loss of Nelson Mandela, a sterling example of human greatness and achievement.
— Emile Hirsch (@EmileHirsch) December 5, 2013
What a heroic, beautiful life Mandela lived. Rest in peace.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) 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.” RIPNelsonMandela
— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) December 5, 2013
Wow. RIP Nelson Mandela. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) December 5, 2013
There is a party in heaven. Angels are celebrating. The one and only #NelsonMandela has arrived. RIP
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) December 5, 2013
Today is officially one of the saddest days! The world has lost the most inspirational person to ever walk the earth rip #NelsonMandela
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) December 5, 2013
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 (@UncleRUSH) 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
RIP Nelson Mandela. You are now truly free. God Bless and enjoy the heavens. Tell Celia Cruz hello for me and azucaaaaarrrr
— Pitbull (@Pitbull) December 5, 2013
What a good head and heart he had…. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” Nelson Mandela
— Dianna Agron (@DiannaAgron) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. The world has lost a great hero.
— Nicky Hilton (@NickyHilton) December 5, 2013
rest in peace Nelson Mandela.
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) December 5, 2013
Hero for Humanity. Rest in Peace, Madiba. http://t.co/YhWrITMNVg
— Keri Hilson (@KeriHilson) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela
— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) December 5, 2013
‘Your playing small does not serve the world’. #RIPMandela
— Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) December 5, 2013
An amazing man with great wisdom. Rest in peace Nelson Mandela http://t.co/CVah39YM9n
— Khloé (@KhloeKardashian) December 5, 2013
Sad to hear about the passing of Nelson Mandela – he was the greatest figure of the 20th century – a fascinating man pic.twitter.com/hsqfltcyO9
— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 5, 2013
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to… http://t.co/w487mfb4BH
— Miranda Kerr (@MirandaKerr) December 5, 2013
Instead of mourning a loss, let’s celebrate a life that changed the world pic.twitter.com/HcW6zRzfeX
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) December 5, 2013
“From prisoner to president” thank you and RIP Nelson Mandela
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) December 5, 2013
A truly inspirational person who will never be forgotten. #RIPNelsonMandela
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) 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
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
Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. Grateful for all he has done to better the world. http://t.co/iuiu020Izi
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 5, 2013
— Don Cheadle (@IamDonCheadle) December 5, 2013
March ’99: Michael & I met Nelson Mandela in Joh’burg. I also had the honor of twice performing for ‘Madeba’ in ’98. Career highlight.
— Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5) December 5, 2013
news we have dreaded for so long nelson mandela is gone will never be anyone like HIM. He changed the world best of all he changed hearts
— Gayle King (@GayleKing) December 5, 2013
I’m so very deeply saddened to hear of the death of Nelson Mandela. We have lost one of humanity’s greatest champions.
— The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) December 5, 2013
We lost a legend…. #RIPNelsonMandela
— Nicole Polizzi (@snooki) December 5, 2013
A light has gone out in this world. RIP with the other Angels Dear Nelson.
— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) December 5, 2013
Im in tears.The world has lost one of its greatest shepherds of peace.Thank you Mr.Mandela for the love you radiated. http://t.co/u39MVVEKe8
— ian somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) December 5, 2013
To live to be 95 years old after all the pain mentally & physically he went through to make life easier for others=Hero #RIPNelsonMandela
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela.
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) December 5, 2013
One of the more incredible experiences i’ve had was visiting the apartheid museum and home of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. May he #RIP
— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) December 6, 2013
#RIPNelsonMandela we can’t thank u enough for all the wisdom u have given to the world! A true Leader and loved by so many #rip
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) December 6, 2013
“Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.” -#NelsonMandela. RIP to a man I never met but have been immeasurably inspired by.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) December 6, 2013
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Nelson Mandela. An inspiration to all who value freedom, democracy and equality.
— Katherine Heigl (@KatieHeigl) December 6, 2013
Just woke to hear of the passing of one the greatest souls that ever roamed this planet. RIP Nelson Mandela. You will never be forgotten.
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela was one of the most influential strong people in this world.We lost a brilliant leader but one that has inspired millions.
— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) December 6, 2013
He will be missed. What an incredible inspiration to the world. RIP #NelsonMandela pic.twitter.com/6iaSOCsj3F
— Emily VanCamp (@EmilyVanCamp) December 6, 2013
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela gx. http://t.co/MRMJM698Sd
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) December 6, 2013
You will always be in my heart Mr. Mandela.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) December 6, 2013
He was a great leader, activist, and truly one of the most inspiring people I have ever met in my life… http://t.co/AKh8B2LuAr
— Diddy (@iamdiddy) December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela… the definition of grace, dignity and inspiration. His light will shine on. May he rest in peace. @Deborra_lee
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) December 6, 2013
Mr. Mandela fought for freedoms and equality that changed South Africa and the world. We can all learn from his extraordinary journey.
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) December 6, 2013
“For 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.” RIP#Mandela
— Rosie (@Rosie) December 6, 2013
Live With Passion . #areyouwhoyouwanttobe? R.I.P Nelson Mandela http://t.co/g8RyZ2ZR3S
— Derek Hough (@derekhough) December 6, 2013
Rest in Peace http://t.co/pAU6PZzk2k
— Joel Madden (@JoelMadden) December 6, 2013
I feel honoured to have been alive while you were. Even if for a second. Rest in peace. http://t.co/zf4tO8XhqG
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) December 6, 2013
If ever there was someone who’s epitaph shouldn’t be reduced to “RIP”, it’s Nelson Mandela. His spirit was a weapon for change and love.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 6, 2013
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela. A brave soul who inspired millions & made a legendary impact on the world. #ThankYou #GreatHuman
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) December 6, 2013
Just saw the news#RIPNelsonMandela. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
— Cameron (@CameronDiaz) December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela gives us a legacy that all of humanity can aspire to. Read his story for he might be the greatest person that has ever lived
— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela was a champion for justice & human dignity, with unmatched grace. I’ll remember him as Madiba, truly an unconquerable soul.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 6, 2013
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela…may your principles of love be the guiding light for future generations. http://t.co/itkfciFn0f
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) December 6, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela.
— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) December 6, 2013
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) December 6, 2013
Today we lost one of the most inspiring and empowering leaders to ever grace this world. Nelson Mandela will live in our hearts forever.
— Stacy Keibler (@StacyKeibler) December 6, 2013
Deeply saddened by the profound loss of Nelson Mandela. His legacy lives forever and inspires us all… http://t.co/QuSc4xuDzQ
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) December 6, 2013
RIP NELSON MANDELA. Humbled I got to meet u http://t.co/OKbnG0hUS3
— 50cent (@50cent) December 6, 2013
Mandela was prolific in a transcendent sense of the expression.Our generation just inherited a tremendously important responsibility.
— Shannen Doherty (@DohertyShannen) December 6, 2013
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 6, 2013