Nelson Mandela Dead at 95: Rappers and Singers React on Twitter
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa who steered Africans through the continent’s tense transition from apartheid to democracy two decades ago, passed away Thursday (Nov. 5) after battling an ongoing infection in his lungs. He was 95 years old.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner became a universal symbol of reconcilement and empowerment despite being wrongfully imprisoned for 27 years.
“We have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with,” said President Obama at a press conference. “He no longer belongs to us — he belongs to the ages. “His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings — and countries — can change for the better.”
“I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,” he continued. “We will not see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. It falls to us to carry forward the example that he set.”
Upon hearing the news of Mandela’s death, artists and celebrities began to mourn the loss of such an inspirational figure on Twitter.
Below is a roundup of thoughts and prayers sent to the former South African leader as he crosses over into the next realm.
Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. Thank you for your tireless courage and enduring strength.
Obama on Mandela: “His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings—& countries—can change for the better.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 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
Nelson Mandela has just passed away. Rest In Peace to a true revolutionary and inspiration to the World. He was 95 years old. #RIPMandela
— #RIPMandela (@RevoltTV) December 5, 2013
Thank you Nelson Mandela. All the best on your transition.
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) December 5, 2013
R.I.P Nelson Mandela
— RAEKWON (@Raekwon) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela. What a difference one person can make. #RestEternally
— LL COOL J (@llcoolj) December 5, 2013
Thank you Mandela #RIPMandela rest in love.
— OMARION (@1Omarion) December 5, 2013
RIP NELSON MANDELA
— Mastermind (@rickyrozay) December 5, 2013
Your story will continue to inspire generations may your soul rest in perfect peace. R.I.P Nelson Mandela http://t.co/s1FQpKn1PV
— Tinie Tempah (@TinieTempah) December 5, 2013
What a heroic, beautiful life Mandela lived. Rest in peace.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 5, 2013
#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We’ll always love you for it!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) 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
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. Nelson Mandela
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
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) December 5, 2013
Hero for Humanity. Rest in Peace, Madiba. http://t.co/YhWrITMNVg
— Keri Hilson (@KeriHilson) December 5, 2013