The death of South African leader Nelson Mandela, the central figure in one of the most dramatic and significant chapters of the 20th century, caused an explosion in social media as soon as the news broke Thursday afternoon. Here are some of the celebrities who had something to say on Twitter:
RIP Nelson Mandela. You are now truly free. God Bless and enjoy the heavens. Tell Celia Cruz hello for me and azucaaaaarrrr
— Pitbull (@Pitbull) December 5, 2013
An Angel has left this earth today. #RIPNelsonMandela. An inspirational force that left behind lessons we should practice everyday.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) December 6, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela, who truly changed the world with his sacrifice...it was an honor to have been in his presence. pic.twitter.com/gqgvABNcuL
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) December 5, 2013
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) December 5, 2013
There is a party in heaven. Angels are celebrating. The one and only #NelsonMandela has arrived. RIP
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) December 5, 2013
Today the world lost one it's greatest leaders. Rest in peace Mandela...
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) December 5, 2013