DENVER — The instant it was announced Thursday that human rights activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela had died, everyone from politicians to celebrities to the hacker group Anonymous took to Twitter to memorialize one of the most influential people of modern times.
Here are some selected tweets.
I will never forget my friend Madiba. pic.twitter.com/UX21ZZG7cg
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 5, 2013
President Obama: “We will not see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. It falls to us to carry forward the example that he set.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom showed an enduring faith in God and respect for human dignity http://t.co/WoDe0qO05A
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela, whose courage and character inspired South Africa and the world. My recent remarks on his legacy http://t.co/vRSgL6whZZ
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 5, 2013
Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country. — Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) December 5, 2013
PM: A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I’ve asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) December 5, 2013
When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw. ~Nelson Mandela #RIP
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) December 5, 2013
My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever
— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) December 5, 2013
Mandela was forced to labor in Robben Island’s limestone quarry. The dust damaged his tear ducts, and when released, he could not cry. — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela was an angel walking on this earth. You were one the greatest teachers this world has ever known. We love you and we miss you
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) December 5, 2013
A great Soul has left us!!!! Nelson Mandela… Rest in Peace!
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) December 5, 2013