A world in grief: how the world reacted to Nelson Mandela's death in 2013

Compiled by Heidi Yeung
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Nelson Mandela fought against apartheid and was imprisoned for 27 years from 1962 to 1990, and despite that, he went on to become the first black president of South Africa. Known for his kindness, gentleness and compassion, Mandela passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95, after struggling with various health issues. As our world loses one of its most inspirational leaders, people from all over the world reacts and offers Mandela’s family their condolences.

SCMP: China pays tribute to Mandela, an 'old friend of the Chinese people'

@NelsonMandela shares tribute from Prof Njabulo Ndebele, Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Foundation

CNN’s Anderson Cooper continues to tweet about Mandela’s passing

Rihanna expresses her grief

American actress, singer and songwriter Ariana Grande offers words of grief and gratitude

Sixteen-year-old film actress Chloe Grace Moretz shares her thoughts

Professional golfer Lydia Ko pays tribute also

Sixteen-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai quotes Mandela on education


Ed Sheeran shares one of Mandela’s most famous quotes

Ellen DeGeneres offers her condolences

Justin Timberlake emphasises Mandela’s compassion

Beyonce once had the privilege of meeting Mandela

Songbird Alicia Keys pays a touching tribute to Mandela on her website

Kid President thanks Mandela for being the kind of grow-up who teaches kids courage and compassion

South African actress Charlize Theron can’t find the words


Portuguese soccer player for Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo thanks Mandela

Tennis star Rafael Nadal offers his condolences

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour talks to Former South African President F.W. de Klerk about meeting Mandela for the first time

LeBron James, American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat, tweets Mandela quotes in tribute


Actor Ian McKellen dedicates a piece to Mandela

British actor Idris Elba plays the title role in this year’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

“What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. “I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba’s family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honored to be associated with him. He is in a better place now.”


Screen legend Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in 2009 film Invictus, pays tribute

“Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. “Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve---a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”

Dennis Haysbert, who played Mandela in 2007 film Goodbye Bafana, recalls what the role meant to him

”Portraying Nelson Mandela, in the film ‘Goodbye Bafana’ was a defining moment in my life and my career. We as a society, have been blessed to live in a time that Nelson Mandela has lived, loved, and led. What he has done for his country, his countrymen, and everyone on this planet may not be achieved again. ever. I will always honor him as a saint.”

Iconic TV personality Oprah Winfrey remembers being invited to Mandela's home