Nelson Mandela has died after months of struggling with illness. He was 95.
From South Africa, New York Times correspondent Lydia Polgreen broke news of Mandela’s death.
Nelson Mandela has died, Zuma confirms.
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) December 5, 2013
She confirmed that he will have a state funeral and that flags will fly half-mast beginning tomorrow.
Nelson Mandela is 95 years old and has been in “critical but stable” condition for months now. — Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) December 5, 2013
Because the story is still breaking, very few details are known about Nelson Mandela’s death at this time.
His cause of death was not specified.
Here’s a look at how Twitter is reacting to the news of Nelson Mandela’s death:
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) December 5, 2013
I know this has nothing to do with books but R.I.P to Nelson Mandela, a true inspiration pic.twitter.com/dZvpltJXDt
— PerksOfABooknerd (@PerkOfABooknerd) December 5, 2013
Feel blessed 2 have met #NelsonMandela ..such an incredible contributor 2 humanity. He taught me that true dignity is precious beyond words!
— Aubrey O’Day (@AubreyODay) December 5, 2013
One of the greatest man in the world and the greatest in our continent!!:( RIP Nelson MANDELA. MADIBA 🙁 pic.twitter.com/LHYyNKPd5c
— André Ayew (@AyewAndre) December 5, 2013
https://t.co/KHEU8W6u9z An amazing life. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Mandela
— Warren Kole (@Warren_Kole) December 5, 2013
— James Cybulski (@JamesCybulski) December 5, 2013
— corinne_perkins (@corinne_perkins) December 5, 2013
“It always seems impossible until its done”- Nelson Mandela Angel your impossible work, that u made possible is now done. RIP
— bella thorne (@bellathorne) December 5, 2013
Took just a few minutes for @TheOnion to chime in w/ perfect pitch: “Nelson Mandela Becomes First Politician To Be Missed”
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) December 5, 2013
Sorry to hear of the passing of Nelson Mandela. I always knew he was a great man, but I had no idea how great… https://t.co/5jEsNI2llv
— Guitar Guy (@TheBrianHaner) December 5, 2013
freedom fighter, nobel peace prize winner, prisoner president Nelson Mandela has past on i pray his legacy lives forever.
— MiC Righteous (@MicRighteous) December 5, 2013
— Audra Lowe (@Audra_Lowe) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. You were a gift to this world.
— Max Vangeli (@MaxVangeli) December 5, 2013
Obama on Mandela: “I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life.”
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) December 5, 2013
The best way to understand the greatness of Nelson Mandela is to look at Robert Mugabe. He could easily have become that. He refused.
— Dan Gardner (@dgardner) December 5, 2013
Frustrated Screenwriter Deletes Nelson Mandela From ‘Fast The Furious 7’ Script
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) December 5, 2013
Had the greatest honour in meeting Nelson Mandela, what a tremendous human being he was.. Stood for something and fought for it. Rest well
— Drew Mitchell (@drew_mitchell) December 5, 2013
There were only 3 people that I wanted to meet in life, Nelson Mandela was one of them.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela was one of the great pioneers of human rights whose courage inspired people around the world.
— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) December 5, 2013
#RIP Nelson Mandela. The best example of a human being I can think of. The world is a better place because of you. Thank you
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) December 5, 2013
“Can we all make a minute of silence cuz Nelson Mandela, one of the best human beings all around the world is gone?” #RIPNelsonMandela
— Justin Bieber (@iBiebersSwaag) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela is now truly free. Rest in Peace Madiba. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) December 5, 2013
RIP The mighty Nelson Mandela #hero
— Myleene Klass (@KlassMyleene) December 5, 2013
[h/t – Daily Globe]