Nelson Mandela passed away today (December 5) after a long battle with a severe chest infection. The much-loved humanitarian’s death sparked an immediate outpouring of grief, respect and admiration from celebrities touched by the great man’s journey and wisdom.
Beyonce, Fergie and John Legend posted photos taken with South Africa’s first black president on their social media accounts. “Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace,” wrote Mrs. Carter on Instagram. Other celebrities urged fans to show their respect by following Mandela’s example.
“Advising all my young ones that follow me to research a small piece of Nelson Mandela Life. That’s how you pay your respect,” tweeted Kendrick Lamar. Other artists like Ed Sheeran and Kelly Rowland posted quotes, while Jennifer Lopez kept it succinct: “It always seems impossible until it’s done. Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. You will be missed.” Read more reactions after the jump.
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
1 of the most important&greatest individuals to walk on this Earth. Nelson Mandela. He walked the walk. He was 4 THE PEOPLE. Nelson Mandela.
— Janelle Monae (@JanelleMonae) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, you taught us all how to fight and how to forgive. You will be missed, but your legacy… http://t.co/WjqzfLtSNe
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) December 5, 2013
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) December 5, 2013
Meeting Nelson Mandela at his house in Johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. He was an angel. pic.twitter.com/PaIX362rYX
— Fergie (@Fergie) December 5, 2013
In the airport watching coverage about #NelsonMandela passing away. Sad. But grateful to have had such awe-inspiring spirit on the planet.
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela is gone. Goodbye and God bless you for all you did for humanity…
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 5, 2013
The king of love is dead
— Emeli Sandé (@emelisande) 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
RIP Nelson Mandela. What a legacy he has left behind. I had the honour of meeting him and his spirit was unlike any other.
— Emma Bunton (@EmmaBunton) December 5, 2013
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