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17 Celebrities React to the Death of Nelson Mandela: Kim Kardashian, Oprah, JLo, and More!

The world suffered a great loss on Thursday — the one and only Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Nelson Mandela wasn’t just an icon in South Africa, but he became a hero to the world. After spending 27 years in prison, the anti-apartheid activist went on to become the president of the country that once kept him prisoner. His story is one that is truly incredible, so much so that his life has been chronicled in many ways, from books to hit songs (the ’80s hit “Free Nelson Mandela”) to films like the brand new Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom — a film that had its premiere in London on the same day that Mandela died.

The London premiere had such luminaries as Prince William and Kate Middleton, star Idris Elba (who plays Mandela), and Mandela’s youngest daughters in attendance. News broke of Mandela’s death during the film; his daughters were informed, but reportedly said the screening should continue. After the credits rolled, the audience was told of Mandela’s passing and asked for a moment of silence.

After the premiere, Prince William spoke of Mandela while oodles of other stars went to Twitter and Instagram to share their condolences.

Check out what the stars had to say about Mandela, including Oprah, Fergie, Kim Kardashian, Prince William, and more, right here.

  • Prince William 1 of 17
    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend film premiere Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, biopic of former South African president Nelson Mandela, at Odeon Leicester Square in London

    "We were just reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now."

    Source: BBC

  • Alicia Keys 2 of 17
    Keep A Child Alive Black Ball 2013 - Arrivals

    "I'm deeply saddened by the profound loss of Nelson Mandela. He was more than just a man, but a king of peace and a beacon of hope for anyone suffering or oppressed. His courageous life touched the hearts of millions.  He was perhaps our generation's greatest example of how you can rise above oppression and use your struggles to unite the world in peace. All of us stand on the shoulders of his profound accomplishments in raising awareness against HIV/AIDS and issues around anti-apartheid, equality, freedom and human rights. As I performed at the Mandela Day concert in honor of his 91st birthday, I was in awe of a man whose soul was filled with an effortless and rare love that only comes once in a lifetime. He was a gentle man with a beautiful smile, and deep eyes that always saw the best in humanity.  His legacy lives on in all of us! And inspires me to continue to live and work for a better tomorrow. The world feels a little bit different now…."

    Source: AliciaKeys.com

  • Oprah 3 of 17
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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."

    Source: Oprah/Instagram

  • Holly Robinson Peete 4 of 17
    Holly Peete

    "#tbt kids at Robben Island. Visiting Nelson Mandela's prison where he labored and was oppressed and spent over 18 years. Kids asked how any man could be jailed so long for wanting to live free in his own country and then not be bitter...#And THEN become PRESIDENT #RIPNelsonMandela"

    Source: HollyRobinsonPeete/Instagram

  • Kim Kardashian 5 of 17
    Kim Kardashian 33rd Birthday Celebration at Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas on October 25, 2013

    "R.I.P. Nelson Mandela...may your principles of love be the guiding light for future generations."

    Source: Instagram/Kim Kardashian

  • Jennifer Hudson 6 of 17
    41st Annual American Music Awards - Arrivals

    "Mr. Mandela fought for freedoms and equality that changed South Africa and the world. We can all learn from his extraordinary journey."

    Source: Twitter

  • Hugh Jackman 7 of 17
    "The Wolverine" UK Premiere - Arrivals

    "Nelson Mandela... the definition of grace, dignity and inspiration. His light will shine on. May he rest in peace."

    Source: Twitter

  • Patton Oswalt 8 of 17
    Broadcast Television Journalists Association's 3rd Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards - Inside Arrivals

    "You played a long, noble game against short-sighted, ignoble morons. 'Extraordinary' doesn't come close. #RIPNelsonMandela"

    Source: Twitter

  • Bethenny Frankel 9 of 17
    40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards - Arrivals

    "I have so much respect for a man who fought for what he believed in. #RIPNelsonMandela"

    Source: Twitter

  • Solange Knowles 10 of 17
    "Beyonce: Life is But a Dream" HBO New York City Premiere -Arrivals

    "Nelson Mandela, you taught us all how to fight and how to forgive. You will be missed."

    Source: Twitter

  • Teresa Giudice 11 of 17
    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2011 - Marc Bouwer's 3d Fashion Film Presentation - Arrivals

    "Sad to hear the passing of Nelson Mandela today, such a true inspiration. May angels lead this amazing man in."

    Source: Twitter

  • Jennifer Lopez 12 of 17
    CTIA 2013 The Mobile Marketplace Conference and Exposition - Day 2 - Viva Movil by Jennifer Lopez Launch

    "'It always seems impossible until it's done.' Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. You will be missed. #trueinspiration #peoplewhochangetheworld."

    Source: Twitter

  • Alessandra Ambrosio 13 of 17
    "Monsters University" World Premiere - Arrivals

    "Mandela! His integrity and bravery in the pursuit of equality for all has not only change the history but has inspired the world! #truehero."

    Source: Twitter

  • Fergie 14 of 17
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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."

    Photo Source: Twitter/Fergie

  • Neil Patrick Harris 15 of 17
    CBS 2012 Fall Premiere Party - Arrivals

    "Nelson Mandela, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy…" 

    Source: Twitter

  • Maria Shriver 16 of 17
    2013 IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards Ceremony - Arrivals

    "Such an outpouring on behalf of Nelson Mandela shows us all the power of a life lived like his. Rest in peace."

    Source: Twitter

  • Kerry Washington 17 of 17
    65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - HBO Post Emmy Awards Reception - Arrivals

    "RIP Nelson Mandela. God Bless You."

    Source: Kerry Washington

Also check out 12 Life Lessons We Can Learn from Nelson Mandela right here!

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