- Special Features
Blogs & Columns
- Fun & Games
Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Celebrities and government officials from around the world have been paying tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who fought to end apartheid in South Africa and became the country’s first black president in 1994. U.S. President Barack Obama, who cited Mandela as an influence, spoke shortly after South Africa’s current president, Jacob Zuma, confirmed the news. Celebrities used Facebook and Twitter to pay tribute to the international icon.
Mandela, who was 95, “achieved more than could be expected of any man,” Obama said at the White House. “We have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with.”
Obama added that Mandela “belongs to the ages” now. “I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,” he said, reports NBC News. “Like so many around the globe, I cannot imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set...So love as I live, I will do whatever I can to learn from him.”
On Twitter right now, nearly all trending topics are linked to Mandela, as celebrities and nearly everyone else pays tribute to him. Click through to see some of the tributes.