Nelson Mandela passed away this afternoon due to health complications, and celebrities have flooded Twitter as they remember a great leader.
As you may be aware by now, Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders of our time, passed away this morning at the age of 95. South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement via a television address today. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss," Zuma said. "His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him their love."
As soon as the news was heard, people around the world began to reflect on what a loss this is, with President Obama saying he "cannot fully imagine" his life without the example set by Mandela.
Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994, before which he spent 27 years behind bars for standing up against the system, and winning a Noble Peace Prize in 1993. In recent times Mandela fell ill, and was brought to the hospital frequently for a lung infection and other health issues. Zuma stated in his TV address that Mandela passed away from health complications today.
We can't do Mandela's legacy justice in this brief explanation, however the New York Times thoroughly encapsulates Mandela's life and successes which you can read here.
Many rappers and other celebrities have been mourning Nelson Mandela since the news circulated, and so we've gathered some of those responses here for you to take a look at, from Nas, The Game, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Russell Simmons, LL Cool J and more. While he may be gone, it's certain that Mandela will never be forgotten.
Rest In Peace.
Thank you Nelson Mandela. All the best on your transition.— Nasir Jones (@Nas) December 5, 2013
#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!— Rihanna (@rihanna) December 5, 2013
RIP NELSON MANDELA— Mastermind (@rickyrozay) 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
Honored that I had a chance to meet this amazing influential being & to participate in his 46664 Aids… http://t.co/Uz2afj0C6O— Ludacris (@Ludacris) December 5, 2013
John Legend (@johnlegend) December 5, 2013
RIP 2 ONE OF OUR LAST TRULY GREAT KINGS AND GOD OF OUR UNIVERSE, THE LATE GREAT NELSON MANDELA!!! I WILL 4EVER LOVE U GREAT MAN & GREAT MIND— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela. What a difference one person can make. #RestEternally— LL COOL J (@llcoolj) December 5, 2013
Big Sean (@BigSean) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela did 27 YEARS in jail for his people. Then came out and became president of South Africa. Be great! #ripmadiba— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) December 5, 2013
Mandela was such a strong revolutionary that even after his death, he's very much alive. may he rest in peace.— Machine Gun Kelly (@machinegunkelly) December 5, 2013
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela.....#Love— Mack Maine (@mackmaine) December 5, 2013
Advising all my young ones that follow me to research a small piece of Nelson Mandela Life. That's how you pay your respect...... GO!— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) December 5, 2013
So much was Done, so much was Earned I can and will always look up to a King like you! Inspired all of… http://t.co/1kMReW7xun— THE-DREAM (@TheKingDream) December 5, 2013