Celebs React to the Death of Nelson Mandela

News & Views | Camille Travis | 12/06/2013 | 11:00 AM EST

Entertainers from all around Hollywood are paying their respects to the late global leader

The love is pouring in from all walks of life as the world honors the memory of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday after an ongoing health battle. As we continue to remember his legacy, we'd like to take a look at how celebrities around the entertainment world reacted to the news. Check out what Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, Janelle Monáe and others are saying. 

Debra Lee
: "We are saddened to learn about the death of Nelson Mandela.  He was not only one of the most influential political activists and leaders of our time, he was also a true humanitarian. He changed the world for the better and personified justice and peace. He was, and will continue to be, an inspiration."

Oprah Winfrey
: "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."

Muhammad Ali
: "He made us realize, we are our brother's keeper and that our brothers come in all colors. What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge."

Talib Kweli
: "Today marks the passing of one of the greatest freedom fighters history has ever known. We love you Nelson Mandela. #ripmadiba"

Idris Elba
: "What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Janelle Monáe
: "1 of the most important&greatest individuals to walk on this Earth. Nelson Mandela. He walked the walk. He was 4 THE PEOPLE. Nelson Mandela."

Russell Simmons
: "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"

: "Thank you Nelson Mandela. All the best in your transition."

Quincy Jones
: "He was the embodiment of the spirit of 'Ubuntu,' which is the belief that the collective is always more important than the individual. As citizens of the world we should all aspire to that ideal, and all that Nelson Mandela's life represented, taking comfort in the knowledge that in so doing we will always stand in the long shadow of his greatness."

Morgan Freeman
: "Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve---a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. 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."

(Photos from left: Bizu/WENN.com,  John Ricard / BET, Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

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