Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former President, passed away Thursday at the age of 95, leaving the world in a state of mourning. "He is now resting. He is now at peace," President Jacob Zuma said during a televised address. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father." He added, "His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him their love.”
The anti-apartheid hero—who served 27 years in prison and became South Africa’s first-ever democratically voted president—has touched and changed so many lives including Hollywood, who took to Twitter to express their condolences for Mandela, contributing to a total of 7.2 million tweets since the news broke.
Scroll down to read a few of the stars' sincere messages about the late leader on Twitter, including actor Idris Elba, who portrayed Mandela in the biopic, Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom alongside Naomie Harris, now in theaters everywhere.
I'm stunned, crushed, in mourning with you and his family, I feel only honoured to have portrayed him. He's in a better place now. RIP NM.— Idris Elba (@idriselba) December 6, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. God Bless You. http://t.co/yRZh3RrP7K— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 5, 2013
One of our GREATEST leaders... Thank you for BEING the true meaning of compassion. May you be at peace now. #RIPNelsonMandela— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) December 5, 2013
#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!— Rihanna (@rihanna) December 5, 2013
You have to love the Mandela life.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 5, 2013
Today the world lost one it's greatest leaders. Rest in peace Mandela...— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy…— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) December 5, 2013
"For 2 be free is not merely 2 cast off one's chains, but 2 live in a way that respects & enhances the freedom of others"- Nelson Mandela— Christy Turlington (@CTurlington) December 5, 2013
Meeting Nelson Mandela at his house in Johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. He was an angel. pic.twitter.com/PaIX362rYX— Fergie (@Fergie) December 5, 2013
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela gx. http://t.co/MRMJM698Sd— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) December 6, 2013