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Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese, Rihanna & More Remember Nelson Mandela on Twitter

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Following the news of the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the age of 95 on Thursday, celebrities are expressing their sadness.

Jennifer Hudson, who portrayed Mandela’s ex-wife in this year’s biopic, Winnie, said in a statement, “The Mandela family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Mr. Mandela fought for freedoms and equality that changed the face of South Africa and the world. We can all learn from his extraordinary journey.”

Tyrese, who is also morning the loss of his friend and actor, Paul Walker, expressed his condolences in a long message written on Instagram.

“We lost a man who literally dedicated his life on making a difference,” Tyrese wrote. “His heart will still beat for the world even in heaven…. Winnie and the family my deepest condolences to you I’m sending my energy and prayers to you and your family… Just know that while he was with us he SERVED his God given purpose and saved millions whole doing so.”

He also added a passage from one of his favorite speeches to pay tribute to Mandela. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -Marianne Williamson Author, Lecturer #RIH ( Rest In Heaven.)”

Here’s a list of tweets from some of today’s biggest music stars:

Lauryn Hill wrote, “God Bless you Honorable Nelson Madela! May you rest well. With Great Respect, Gratitude and Love! Lauryn.

John Legend wrote, “I’ve never been so honored to meet anyone .”

Jamie Foxx wrote, “Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. A fearless leader, incredible human being, inspiration, a REAL hero. Truly one of a kind. God bless you. Thank you for your mark you left on humanity Mr. Mandela. Prayers to his family, friends and the people of South Africa.

Rihanna wrote, “#NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We’ll always love you for it!”

Monica wrote, “My sincerest condolences to The Mandela family??never will his countless efforts & sacrifice be forgotten. There are few that live their lives dedicated to others but Nelson Mandela did….

Jill Scott wrote, “So very saddened to hear of Nelson Mandela’s passing. His struggle will never be forgotten.”

Russell Simmons wrote, “Nelson Mandela was an angel walking on this earth. You were one the greatest teachers this world has ever known. We love you and we miss you.”

Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child wrote, “May your brave and courageous legacy NEVER be forgotten.”

Chuck D wrote, “To recognize what NelsonMandela DID for our RIGHTS to FIGHT wrong simply means building a human bridge across EARTH.”

Kendrick Lamar wrote, “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! R.I.P. Nelson Mandela, You were a great man.”

Talib Kweli wrote, “Today marks the passing of one of the greatest freedom fighters history has ever known. We love you Nelson Mandela.

Marques Houston wrote, “One of the most influential men in ! Nelson Mandela”

Samuel L. Jackson wrote, “Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country.”

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