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Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected black president and leader against apartheid, died Thursday in his suburban Johannesburg home. He was 95. He had been in intensive care since being discharged Sept. 1 after nearly three months in a hospital for a lung infection.
Mandela was an inspiration to many, including some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, who quickly took to Twitter to mourn his passing.
The former president has also been portrayed by Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Terrence Howard, Sidney Poitier and Dennis Haysbert among others. His life is also the subject of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba, the Weinstein Company’s awards contender, which was released in select theaters on Nov. 29.
Take a look at what actors, musicians, executives and media personalities are saying about the late icon on Twitter.
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