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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, former South African President, died at age 95 on Thursday night. After spending 27 years in prison, Mandela was freed in 1990 and would later help democratize his country after years of apartheid. Celebrities have taken to social media to express their thoughts and condolences.

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    "One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him. 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."
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    "Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. 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. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us."
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    "Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country."
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    "Meeting Nelson Mandela at his house in Johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. He was an angel."
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    "So sad to hear about Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace."
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    "Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace."
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    "One of the greatest men who's ever lived!!! #Legend We will never forget the things this man has taught us, and we will never truly comprehend the level of strength that it took for him to endure many of his years!! Thank you #Mandela"
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    "It always seems impossible until it's done." Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. You will be missed. #trueinspiration #peoplewhochangetheworld"