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Nelson Mandela's death: The world reacts

LEGACY: Nelson Mandela

FOLLOWING THE death anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela last night (Dec 5), we look at how the world's leaders and celebrities reacted to his death.

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PRINCE CHARLES

"Mr Mandela was the embodiment of courage and reconciliation. He was also a man of great humour and had a real zest for life. With his passing, there will be an immense void not only in his family's lives, but also in those of all South Africans and the many others whose lives have been changed through his fight for peace, justice and freedom."

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DAVID CAMERON, PRIME MINISTER
"A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at No.10 to be flown at half mast."

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PRINCE WILLIAM
"It is extremely sad and tragic news. We are reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man he was" - Prince William

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BARACK OBAMA, US PRESIDENT
"We have lost one of the most influential & courageous human beings any of us will share time with on this earth"

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WHOOPI GOLDBERG, AMERICAN ACTRESS
"I want to give the world a hug when I was told Mandela had passed. Nelson Mandela RIP. Time for a well earned sleep. Condolences to his family."

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OPRAH, MEDIA MOGUL
"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."

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KERRY WASHINGTON, AMERICAN ACTRESS
"RIP Nelson Mandela. God Bless You."

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IYANLA VANZANT, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
"Beloveds, let us offer light to the spirit of Nelson Mandela as he moves to the next level of his journey."

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MIKE TYSON, FORMER WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
"Nelson Mandela was the embodiment of discipline, courage, love and forgiveness."

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RIHANNA, AMERICAN SINGER
"#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!"

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IMAN, SUPERMODEL
"RIP The world has lost one of the great leaders of our time! May you rest in peace #nelsonmandela."

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BEYONCE, AMERICAN SINGER
"RIP Nelson Mandela."

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BORIS JOHNSON, MAYOR OF LONDON

""It has absolutely no bearing on my feelings and admiration for Nelson Mandela which are undimmed and always have been. I think he was a quite remarkable statesman, a unifying and transformatory figure."

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