Nelson Mandela - Stars pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

Stars have rushed to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela after he passed away today (05.12.13).

The South African activist and former President died aged 95 at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family.

Mandela was for millions a symbol of hope and freedom for his battle to overcome apartheid in South Africa and win equal rights for black people, which saw him jailed between 1962 and 1990.

Just hours before his passing a Royal Premiere was held in London for the film 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', based on Mandela's 1994 autobiography, starring Idris Elba as the political figure.

Speaking at the event, Idris told ITV news: ''I think he means freedom and forgiveness. I think Mandela's legacy for me is forgiveness.''

His co-star Naomie Harris, who portrays Nelson's wife, Winnie Mandela, added: ''He is an incredible individual who, despite having 27 years of his life taken away, still has compassion, understanding and forgiveness when he came out of prison. That's just extraordinary. It is healing for South Africa and the world as well.''

Current South African president Jacob Zuma broke the news of Mandela's death, saying: ''Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.''

Many people were then moved to pay tribute to the political icon.

Simon Cowell tweeted: ''So sad to hear about Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace.''

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie wrote: ''Meeting Nelson Mandela at his house in Johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. He was an angel.''

Actor Samuel L. Jackson said: ''Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country.''

Political leaders were also quick to offer their sympathies, with UK Prime Minister David Cameron saying: ''A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time.''

US President Barack Obama gave a TV address, where he said Nelson had ''achieved more than could be expected of any man.''

He continued: ''We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with.

''I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example set by Nelson Mandela.''


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RIP Nelson Mandela

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dianegreen7

This is has been a sad week. Paul Walkers, his terrible dealth. RIP Paul, you were a good man. Great Actor. You will be missed... Than today , Nelson Mandela passed on to a better place. He suffer so much. He was sick in June when I was in France. RIP too Mr. Mandela, you will be missed. You did so much good for so many people in the world. You both will be missed deeply.. Diane from California

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