Tributes to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Tributes are pouring in for former South African president Nelson Mandela.

An international icon for peace and equality, Mandela’s death on Thursday has sparked an outpouring of grief and remembrance for one of the most celebrated and loved politicians in history.

“He achieved more than could be expected of any man,” President Obama said in a statement shortly following his death. “Today he’s gone home, and we’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth.”

Idris Elba and Morgan Freeman have portrayed Mandela on the big screen. Both actors considered it a privilege to play the role and expressed their deep sorrow at his passing.

“What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said Idris.

“Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind,” Morgan said in his statement. “As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”

Many other celebrities shared their feelings via Twitter. Actors and musicians alike are grieving the loss of Mandela.

“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,” tweeted Josh Groban.

“Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country,” added Samuel L. Jackson.

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