Nelson Mandela, renowned freedom fighter, passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday afternoon (December 5th). Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison on charges for conspiracy to overthrow the government before becoming the president of South Africa, had been dealing with a respiratory infection for quite some time now and finally lost the battle at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. From celebrities to President Barack Obama, many took to social media outlets to pay their respects shortly after the announcement of his death.
Nelson Mandela influenced various amounts of people all across the world and the music industry was no exception. Names such as Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Nas, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, R. Kelly, Ludacris, Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, and many others all took to social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram to pay their respects and send blessings to Mandela's family.
Nelson Mandela's funeral is set to take place in mid-December in his ancestral hometown of Qunu. Before that there will be a public service memorial at Johannesburg soccer stadium. Take a look at how the music world reacted to his passing below. Props to MissInfo.
“Death is something inevitable.When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people&his country,he can rest in peace” #Madiba— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) December 5, 2013
One of our GREATEST leaders… Thank you for BEING the true meaning of compassion. May you be at peace now. #RIPNelsonMandela
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) December 5, 2013
Thank you Nelson Mandela. All the best on your transition.
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) December 5, 2013
#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) December 5, 2013
Honored that I had a chance to meet this amazing influential being & to participate in his 46664 Aids… http://t.co/Uz2afj0C6O
— Ludacris (@Ludacris) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela.
— Donald Faison (@donald_faison) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela was an angel walking on this earth. You were one the greatest teachers this world has ever known. We love you and we miss you
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) December 5, 2013
I'm hearing about Nelson Mandela's death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela's family. pic.twitter.com/i5ONBP9Xez
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela did 27 YEARS in jail for his people. Then came out and became president of South Africa. Be great! #ripmadiba
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) December 5, 2013
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 5, 2013
LL Cool J:
RIP 2 ONE OF OUR LAST TRULY GREAT KINGS AND GOD OF OUR UNIVERSE, THE LATE GREAT NELSON MANDELA!!! I WILL 4EVER LOVE U GREAT MAN & GREAT MIND
— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela. What a difference one person can make. #RestEternally
— LL COOL J (@llcoolj) December 5, 2013
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) December 5, 2013
A true fighter in every sense of the word… MANDELA!
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) December 5, 2013
A complete and fulfilled life of a King. We could never repay you for your dedicated, passionate fight… http://t.co/0ApCt6WTSE
— IG: @NickiMinaj (@NICKIMINAJ) December 5, 2013
To the Mandela family, may God keep you in perfect peace at this time. For God has chosen a soldier.… http://t.co/w10HFYUSjw
— R. Kelly (@rkelly) December 6, 2013
Advising all my young ones that follow me to research a small piece of Nelson Mandela Life. That's how you pay your respect…… GO!
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) December 5, 2013
It is such a sad yet beautiful moment that Nelson Mandela has passed. A time to celebrate him & remember his contributions to humankind.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) December 6, 2013
RIP NELSON MANDELA. Humbled I got to meet u http://t.co/OKbnG0hUS3— 50cent (@50cent) December 6, 2013
Mom dukes from South Africa I've been hearing how real of a man Nelson Mandela is/was my whole life.— g -host (@therealstylesp) December 5, 2013
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