Celebs mourn Nelson Mandela

Published: Dec 06, 2013, 10:31 IST | A correspondent |

With Nelson Mandela passing away, celebrities world over paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon. Here's what they said...

Amitabh Bachchan: Nelson Mandela - a giant of a man; of will, belief and perseverance, passes away. But leaves behind a legacy of fight for right! I had the greatest honor to meet and spend time with him on two occasions! His humility his greatest asset, among countless other!

Anil Kapoor: "Lead from the back- let others believe they are in front"-RIP Nelson Mandela. Salute to a great man.

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Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

Rahul Bose: Mandela has a special place in rugby players' hearts. We will never forget how he turned the sport into a vehicle for unity in South Africa.

Billy Ray Cyrus: "A big heart is better than a closed mind " Nelson Mandela... Amen....Heaven welcomes an angel. Thoughts and prayers with family and friends.

Enrique Iglesias: The world has lost someone truly inspiring. Rest in peace Nelson Mandela.

Rihanna: Nelson Mandela you made your people proud! We'll always love you for it!

Mahesh Bhatt: Remembering what he told me: "It would be preposterous for me to give any advise to India. Just live the words of Gandhi". Mandela practiced what he preached. An exemplary life has ended in an exemplary manner with dignity and respect till the end. Thank you Sir.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Nelson Mandela personified struggle. He sacrificed his private life and his youth for his people and remains South Africa's loved hero. RIP.

Kunal Kohli: RIP Nelson Mandela. Along with Mahatma Gandhi he's a symbol of peace and reslience.The world has not seen men like them in centuries.

Manoj Bajpayee: A giant saint, a revolutionary, a fighter, a philosopher, a dreamer, Nelson Mandela is no more.Rest in peace! World will miss you always.

Arshad Warsi: Another great soul has left us... RIP Nelson Mandela.

Shreya Ghoshal: RIP Nelson Mandela.. The anti apartheid revolutionary, who served 27 years of jail.. You will remain an inspiration for all forever.

Raj Kundra: RIP Mandela. A sad day for the family, but Angels don't die they go to heaven. Lets all learn from his teachings!

Shruti Seth: RIP Nelson Mandela.

Yaami Gautam: RIP Nelson Mandela.

Jaaved Jaaferi: One of the greatest humans of this century passes away. RIP Nelson Mandela.

Satish Kaushik: Salute to a great statesman and torch bearer of peace and harmony..his teachings will keep Humanity alive always ..RIP Nelson Mandela.

Nimrat Kaur: We need more Mandelas.

Randeep Hooda: I'm the captain of my ship, I'm the master of my soul.. RIP Madiba .. The greatest leader in the world ...

Ali Zafar: "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." Nelson Mandela. One of my favourite figures in history. RIP.

Lara Dutta Bhupathi: There is great rejoicing in heaven above today and our world seems a little emptier. Farewell Madiba.

Sidharth Shukla: Nelson Mandela was the living proof that one man can make a difference... RIP Nelson Mandela.

Roshan Abbas: To live in the hearts you leave behind is not to die! RIP Nelson Mandela.

Sonu Nigam: There are some people, who make us feel they are a burden on Earth even when they are young. And then there is Mandela, who goes at 95, leaving us wanting more.

Salim Merchant: Nelson Mandela RIP. End of another 'mahatma' .. A human being who believed in truth and freedom!

Sophie Choudry: R.I.P Nelson Mandela .. May we all learn from you; may we conquer our fears, respect and enhance the freedom of others and make a positive change.

Anupam Kher: Hope, courage, struggle, peace, compassion... With Nelson Mandela, a part of these expressions also died today. Thank you for your life. RIP.

Randeep Hooda: RIP Nelson Mandela.

Ehsaan Noorani: A great soul has moved on after a long journey on this planet... Nelson Mandela.

Goldie Behl: The Gandhi of Africa his legacy will inspire people for eternity. RIP Nelson Mandela.

Maria Goretti: Heaven today welcomed the Phoenix of freedom ... R.I.P. Madiba.

Pooja Bhatt: “I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” Nelson Mandela RIP.

Kamaal R Khan: RIP NelsonMandela, the one man army who all alone forced British governmentt to leave his country.

Disha Parmar: RIP to the Mahatma Gandhi of South Africa... Nelson Mandela.

Siddharth: One of the most beautiful souls to ever walk on the face of this planet is no more. RIP Madiba.

Rahul Mahajan: RIP Nelson Mandela.

Kulraj Randhawa: Mr. Nelson Mandela, the peace warrior.. May his soul rest in peace..

Celina Jaitly: As we comprehend this profound loss, let us cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens. Mandela thank you for everything!

Shekhar Kapur: After 27 years in prison Nelson Mandela was told he was a free man "I was always a free man' He said.That amazing spirit survives his death. I still dont. I never will. I find it incomprehensible. How can human beings be judged by the colour of their skins? Yes, he was world leader. A peacemaker. But lets not forget. He was Black man fighting White domination. That fight is not over. There's no point putting Mandela on a mantle piece. No point praising him. Not unless you take what he stood for in your hearts. Everyone loved to publicly laud him. But no one really listened. He said poverty is man-made. Are all heads of states mourning him listening?

Urvashi Dholakia: Very sad to hear about Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace.

Bhagyashree: Nelson Mandela no more. A man who stood tall in his crusade. RIP. 

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