One of the world’s greatest leaders and humanitarians, Nelson Mandela, passed away today at the age of 95. Politicians and celebrities alike took to social media to express their sympathy and remember the first black South African president for his courage, compassion, and everlasting legacy.
John Legend and Ludacris recalled meeting the anti-Apartheid icon, Beyoncé and Jay Z thanked him for his sacrifices, and Rihanna declared him “one of the greatest men who’s ever lived.”
Read some of their reactions below.
Beyoncé: Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace.â¤ï¸
Jay Z: Thank you. Rest In PEACE.
Mariah Carey: My heart is breaking with everybody in the world, yet I’m feeling so humbled and blessed to have been in the presence of this magnificent soul..arguably the greatest hero ever to grace us. His sacrifice & gift to the world are incomprehensible. RIP Mandela.
Rihanna: One of the greatest men who’s ever lived!!! #Legend We will never forget the things this man has taught us, and we will never truly comprehend the level of strength that it took for him to endure many of his years!! Thank you #Mandela
Justin Timberlake: One of our GREATEST leaders… Thank you for BEING the true meaning of compassion. May you be at peace now.
Lady Gaga: It is such a sad yet beautiful moment that Nelson Mandela has passed. A time to celebrate him & remember his contributions to humankind.
Nas: Thank you Nelson Mandela. All the best on your transition.
Nicki Minaj: A complete and fulfilled life of a King. We could never repay you for your dedicated, passionate fight against injustice. We enjoy the very liberties you gave your freedom for. Your legacy will never die. Thank you, and may God bless your soul. ***Madaraka kwa watu***
Kendrick Lamar: 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!
Lauryn Hill: God Bless you Honorable Nelson Madela! May you rest well. With Great Respect, Gratitude and Love!
Missy Elliott: #RIPNelsonMandela we can’t thank u enough for all the wisdom u have given to the world! A true Leader and loved by so many #rip
Ashanti: RIP to an Amazing Icon who has globally changed lives. Our generation has benefited from his sacrifices & struggles. My heart goes out to the entire Mandela family. God Bless. #Madiba #AntiApartheid
The-Dream: So much was Done, so much was Earned I can and will always look up to a King like you! Inspired all of us!
Elle Varner: I knew this day was coming but it doesn’t make it any easier……RIP my hero Madiba and thank you for your contribution to us all
Kelly Rowland: wow. #RIPNelsonMandela
K. Michelle: R.I.P Mr. Mandela
Dawn Richard: RIP #NelsonMandela …. Truly a beautiful spirit and an incredible leader.
Machine Gun Kelly: Mandela was such a strong revolutionary that even after his death, he’s very much alive. may he rest in peace.
The Game: I break from my #CeaseFire campaign to honor one of the greatest Leaders of our time in his demise. Nelson Mandela died today at the age of 95 years old. Your legacy will forever be remembered. Rest is Paradise KING.
LL Cool J: Nelson Mandela. What a difference one person can make. #RestEternally
Janelle Monáe: 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.
Busta Rhymes: 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
Marsha Ambrosius: R.I.P Nelson Mandela. Prayers and love to all. This great man will be missed NEVER FORGOTTEN!!! A true hero!!!
John Legend: What a heroic, beautiful life Mandela lived. Rest in peace.
Aubrey O’Day: Feel blessed 2 have met #NelsonMandela ..such an incredible contributor 2 humanity. He taught me that true dignity is precious beyond words!
Jessie J: Nelson Mandela showed and acted out in front of the world what the true meaning of “fight for what you believe in” is! Thank you for giving humanity your humbling spirit everyday until the very end. I am so happy that one day my future children will learn about you as a genuine leader of love and peace. An example to all. You are an angel. â¤ï¸ R.I.P
Rick Ross: RIP NELSON MANDELA
Tinie Tempah: Your story will continue to inspire generations may your soul rest in perfect peace. R.I.P Nelson Mandela
Ludacris: Honored that I had a chance to meet this amazing influential being & to participate in his 46664 Aids benefit concert in South Africa. You will live on thru your work for eternity.