Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday. The former South African president helped lead his country out of apartheid and was a worldwide figure of freedom and peace.
Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. Four years after his release, he became the president. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
The man who had a strong connection with sports made his last public appearance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
On Thursday, after word of his passing spread, athletes and celebrities tweeted their condolences.
Heaven’s newest angel…Nelson Mandela visionary, warrior, groundbreaker..unifier for peace. Thnx for paving the way pic.twitter.com/bknIYohE7o
— Steven Jackson (@sj39) December 5, 2013
Thank you madiba. You will never be forgotten. — Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela — lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela…perfect example of a man that fulfilled his purpose…thank you
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) December 5, 2013
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mandela
— bob saget (@bobsaget) December 5, 2013
A remarkable man and an inspiration to all. Remembering #NelsonMandela
— Barbara Walters (@BarbaraJWalters) December 5, 2013
Mandela is gone. There is no one else like him.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 5, 2013
How many of the great heroes of the 20th century died peacefully at home of old age surrounded by loved ones? Damn few. #Mandela
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 5, 2013
— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) December 5, 2013
Rest In Peace To The Ultimate Peacemaker #Mandela
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) December 5, 2013
— JALEN ROSE (@JalenRose) December 5, 2013
Condolences to all on the passing of our beloved Father of the South African Nation, Nelson Mandela. Madiba we loved you. Rest in Peace.
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela: Born July 18, 1918 in South Africa, died Dec. 5, 2013 at age 95. RIP to a man who changed history and our world.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela was the embodiment of discipline, courage, love and forgiveness. “There is no future without forgiveness”-@NelsonMandela
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela the world will never forget your importance and impacted to mankind. RIP
— Shane Mosley (@SugarShaneM) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon, also had a deep connection to sports. » http://t.co/SX51oHh5z7
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 5, 2013