Celebrities Pay Tribute to Nelson Mandela - The New Indian Express

Celebrities Pay Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Published: 06th December 2013 06:36 AM

Last Updated: 06th December 2013 07:11 AM

Celebrity reactions to the death of South Africa's peacemaker Nelson Mandela:

"What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson 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." — Idris Elba, who has the title role in ": Long Walk to Freedom."

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" was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century. He conceived a model for mortal enemies to overcome their hatred and find a way through compassion to rebuild a nation based on truth, justice and the power of forgiveness. His passing should re-ignite a worldwide effort for peace." — Paul Simon, whose widely acclaimed but also criticized Graceland tour of South Africa during the 1980s' artists boycott protesting apartheid was personally approved by.

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Today, as it did while he inhabited our planet, Nelson spirit truly soars with the angels. It was a spirit born of a generosity, love, compassion and hope for mankind that may never exist at such a heightened level in any single human being again. One of the most profound honors that I have had in my life was to be able to call 'Madiba' my friend and brother." — Musician Quincy Jones.

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"We count ourselves unspeakably fortunate to have been immersed in Nelson story and legacy. It's been an honor to have been granted such proximity to a man who will go down as one of history's greatest freedom fighters and advocates for justice. I have had the privilege of spending time with President and I can say his sense of humor was as great as his optimism." — Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Company released ": Long Walk to Freedom."

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"I am so happy that Nelson is at last truly free. I will wave to him as he transforms into everything around me and on into the cosmos. What a race to run, Life gave him. That he made it in so much beauty tells us who we are, and who we can be." — Author Alice Walker.

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"Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson 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." — Morgan Freeman, who starred as in "Invictus."

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"Portraying Nelson , in the film 'Goodbye Bafana' was a defining moment in my life and my career. We as a society, have been blessed to live in a time that Nelson has lived, loved, and led. What he has done for his country, his countrymen, and everyone on this planet may not be achieved again. ever. I will always honor him as a saint." — Actor Dennis Haysbert.

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