Oprah fails to arrive for Madiba memorial

By Drum Digital
11 December 2013

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey had been due to attend the Nelson Mandela memorial but reportedly failed to arrive.

Shortly after news of Mandela's death broke on Thursday night, Winfrey shared an emotional message on her Instagram account.

"One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you've ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness.

"And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all," she wrote adding a photo of her with the icon.

The reason for Winfrey's absence from the event is not yet known.

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