Even troubled Lindsay Lohan pays tribute to Mandela

2013-12-06 11:59

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From around the world celebrities, dignitaries and political leaders voiced condolences on Madiba’s passing.

Tributes described the former South African president as “one of the true giants of the past century”, “an unconquerable soul” and an “angel”.

Hollywood star Morgan Freeman, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for playing Nelson Mandela in the film Invictus, released a statement just after midnight.

“Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century,” he said.

“Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honour, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve… 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.”

In America, president Barack Obama ordered that flags on US government buildings are flown at half-mast – a rare tribute to a foreign leader.

US politician Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter: “Nelson Mandela was a champion for justice & human dignity, with unmatched grace. I’ll remember him as Madiba, truly an unconquerable soul.”

Jermaine Jackson, the brother of late pop star Michael Jackson, tweeted: “Michael & I met Nelson Mandela in Joh’burg. I also had the honor of twice performing for ‘Madeba’ in ‘98. Career highlight.”

Fergie Duhamel of the Black Eyed Peas tweeted: “Meeting Nelson Mandela at his house in Johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. He was an angel.”

Even the troubled actress Lindsay Lohan took time out to pay tribute. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. #RIPNelsonMandela”, she wrote on Twitter.

British comedian Eddie Izzard tweeted: “Nelson Mandela gives us a legacy that all of humanity can aspire to. Read his story for he might be the greatest person that has ever lived.”

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