Celebs praise Man­dela on so­cial me­dia

Stars hon­our ‘hum­ble, funny, leg­end’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NELSON MANDELA 1918-2013 - RE­BECCA JACK­MAN

CELEBRI­TIES around the world took to so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day to pay trib­ute to Nel­son Man­dela and ex­press their con­do­lences to his fam­ily and to South Africa.

Bri­tish fun­ny­man and star of US se­ries House Hugh Lau­rie was “trend­ing in Cape Town” yes­ter­day af­ter post­ing his con­do­lences.

“God bless his mem­ory, his friends and fam­ily, and the peo­ple of RSA,” he said.

Me­dia mogul and phi­lan­thropist Oprah Win­frey posted a photo of her and Man­dela to In­sta­gram, both of them full of smiles.

Win­frey said one of the great hon­ours of her life was to be in­vited to Man­dela’s home, to spend pri­vate time with him and to 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,” she said.

Idris Elba, who plays Man­dela in the Man­dela: Long Walk to Free­dom film, said he felt “stunned, crushed, in mourn­ing with you and his fam­ily”.

“I feel only hon­oured to have por­trayed him. He’s in a bet­ter place now,” he added.

US pop star Ri­hanna, who re­cently per­formed in South Africa, posted on Twit­ter and In­sta- gram. She de­scribed Man­dela as a leg­end, one of the great­est men who has ever lived.

“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,” she said.

A pic­ture of a Tweet from US heiress Paris Hil­ton did the rounds on so­cial me­dia, say­ing: “RIP Nel­son Man­dela. Your ‘ I Have a Dream’ speech was so in­spir­ing. An amaz­ing man.”

How­ever, the pic­ture of the Martin Luther King jr mis­take turned out to be fake, and Hil­ton later tweeted that it wasn’t her – it was pho­to­shopped.

SA celebri­ties also took to Twit­ter to ex­press their grief. Lo­cal co­me­dian Trevor Noah said Man­dela was one of the fun­ni­est and most amaz­ing hu­man be­ings that he had ever met.

He added: “We cel­e­brate your life! #Vi­vaMan­dela.”

Fel­low funny man Rob van Vu­uren said yes­ter­day that Man­dela “didn’t just free the op­pressed”, but he “freed the op­pres­sors too”, and “that is true power”. Van Vu­uren, who also ap­peared in Man­dela: Long Walk to Free­dom, also posted on Twit­ter late on Thurs­day night af­ter first hear­ing the news.

“So grate­ful. Thank you. You taught us how to see each other and lis­ten and love. You gave us our pride back. I will love you for­ever,” he said.

Afrikaans rap­per Jack Parow de­scribed Man­dela as a “bler­rie leg­end”. He said it was a sad, sad mo­ment when he heard the news.

“You made this coun­try a bet­ter place. You will be missed by the world,” added Parow.

Benoni-born beauty turned Hol­ly­wood star Char­l­ize Theron said Man­dela would be missed, but that his im­pact on this world would live for­ever.

She also ex­pressed her own sad­ness, say­ing that she was saddened to the depths of her soul.

PIC­TURE: AN­TOINE DE RAS

LUCKY GIRL: Lit­tle Michai'ah Si­mons shares a spe­cial mo­ment with Nel­son Man­dela.

‘SADDENED’: Char­l­ize Theron

‘FUNNY’ Trevor Noah

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