South Africa's first black president has died at the age of 95.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, has died at the age of 95, according to the country's government. The anti-apartheid icon had been recovering at home following a lengthy spell in hospital.
A political hero, Mandela's achievements in South Africa made him one of the most respected political figures in history and his efforts transcended politics.
Here's how the music world has been reacting to his death.
What a heroic, beautiful life Mandela lived. Rest in peace.— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 5, 2013
Thank you Nelson Mandela. All the best on your transition.— Nasir Jones (@Nas) 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
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
Nelson Mandela = HERO! A life filled with purpose. Fighting battles while teaching love. An Angel has returned to God. RIP— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) December 6, 2013
R.I.P MANDELA......— Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela...I'm so sad...#theWORLDisCRYING— will.i.am (@iamwill) December 6, 2013
Deeply saddened by the profound loss of Nelson Mandela. His legacy lives forever and inspires us all... http://t.co/QuSc4xuDzQ— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) December 6, 2013
RIP NELSON MANDELA. Humbled I got to meet u http://t.co/OKbnG0hUS3— 50cent (@50cent) 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
#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!— Rihanna (@rihanna) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela showed and acted out in front of the world what the true meaning of "fight for what you… http://t.co/sIXngtDWrD— JESSIE J (@JessieJ) December 5, 2013
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Nelson Mandela. What a difference one person can make. #RestEternally— LL COOL J (@llcoolj) December 5, 2013
Your story will continue to inspire generations may your soul rest in perfect peace. R.I.P Nelson Mandela http://t.co/s1FQpKn1PV— Tinie Tempah (@TinieTempah) 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