I was incredibly sad to hear about the death of one of my idols Nelson Mandela at the age of 95 today. Mandela was a person who was so inspiring. He did so much selflessly for the rights of coloured people and even served 27 years in prison for justice. He is one of those people who is an inspiration to us all and shows us that there is people in this world who genuinely want to help others.
President Zuma said: “The nation has lost its greatest son”, adding “he is now resting. He is now at peace.”
And he was such a good man that he deserves to be. That is after all what he wanted to bring to the world. Peace.
The President also said,
“He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20:50 on the 5th of December 2013.”
It is comforting to know that he was surrounded by those he loved when he died.
Twitter was awash tonight with messages for one of the nicest men who ever lived:
Echoing Green: “There is no passion to be found playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” -Nelson Mandela
Liesl Gerntholtz: It is hard to be away from home tonight. RIP #Mandela How lucky we are to have lived during his lifetime.
Josh Cuthbert: Nelson Mandela…..what an amazing man and an inspirational leader. RIP.
Anderson Cooper: A look at the life, the impact and the legacy of #NelsonMandela tonight on #AC360. pic.twitter.com/xoHbLA2wx9
Women Magazine: “There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” #NelsonMandela
Miss Dynamix: The struggle he went through to set my country free. Even thru 27 years in prison he fought. RIP Nelson Mandela #SouthAfrica- @JeanetteAkua
BuffaloDublin: Nelson Mandela a true inspiration,Rest in Peace #Hero
Nick Young: RIP Nelson Mandela, RIP
Josh Devine: Heard some sad news that Nelson Mandela has died. What a good man, did so much for the South African nation. True legend! Rest in Peace x
Shane Koyczan: Another great human passes into history. Au Revoir Nelson Mandela. Thank you for inspiring so many.
IMDb: We’re sad to report that iconic world leader Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. http://imdb.to/1cZZu9Y #RIP pic.twitter.com/nKkaj020J4
Alix Popham: RIP Nelson Mandela, it was an honor to meet him in 2004 pic.twitter.com/n5aj7zgj85
Michael Owen: RIP Nelson Mandela. A tweet could never do justice to the greatness of the man.
UN Spokesperson: WATCH LIVE: #UNSG Ban Ki-moon to speak to the press on the death of Nelson #Mandela shortly http://webtv.un.org
Leader of many a follower of no one ….
Doggie DayDay: Love this quote
RIP Nelson Mandela http://fb.me/Mx92bSzW
Masato Jones: Nelson Mandela has died #RIP pic.twitter.com/2Mucm9gt96
John Lock: A true leader and a symbol of freedom. May you rest in peace #NelsonMandela
Ollie Marland: Just heard the news that Nelson Mandela sadly passed away, Rest In Peace, you will be remembered, long live your legacy x
Wall Street Journal: The most memorable quotes, tweets, photos and videos from the life of Nelson Mandela: http://trib.al/yj8YUnF
WWF: We’re deeply saddened by the news of Nelson Mandela’s passing and send our heartfelt condolences to family & friends #Madiba #NelsonMandela
USAID: We also extend our deepest condolences to the South African people for the recent passing of former South African President #NelsonMandela.
Janet Devlin: RIP Nelson Mandela. A great loss for the world
Sarah Brown: #Mandela
Rio Ferdinand: RIP #NelsonMandela – the real inspiration.
Tatler: ‘I learnt that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.’ – Nelson Mandela, RIP
Eoghan McDermott: “People learn to hate. And if they can learn to hate then they can be taught to love” RIP Nelson Mandela. pic.twitter.com/ptxxtm2Vco
Tieks Girl: “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” RIP, Nelson Mandela ❤ pic.twitter.com/c6CNWOrV32
steve brookstein: Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. South Africa needed you.
Ashley Madekwe: Sad to hear about the passing of Nelson Mandela. His life was a lesson in courage for us all.
Sam Baker: A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." Nelson Mandela #tonightImchannelling
Jameela Jamil: Oh my god just heard about Nelson Mandela. This is such a sad moment in history. Love to his family and to the people whose lives he touched
My condolances, prayers and thoughts are with his loved ones at this sad time. I know what they are going through and I wish them strength.
May you rest in peace Nelson Mandela. I love you. You were definitely one of the good guys!