Cheryl Cole was among the thousands of celebrities to pay their respects last night after world leader Nelson Mandela sadly passed away.
The former South Africa president died peacefully yesterday evening at his Johannesburg home aged 95, surrounded by his nearest and dearest. He had been receiving medical treatment for the last three years for a prolonged lung infection, and had been critically ill for the last six months.
As the crowds began to gather outside Mandela’s home to fill the gates with messages and floral tributes, Twitter was flooded with tributes as the world mourned the loss of a legendary and inspiring change-maker.
Leading the celebrities’ messages of respect was former Girls Aloud star Cheryl, who wrote: ‘What an incredible human being.. So sad to hear this news but heaven must’ve been missing an angel. R.I.P Nelson Mandela. Gone but NEVER forgotten’.
Beyonce followed shortly after, posting: ‘Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace❤️’ alongside a photo of her and the great man himself.
‘R.I.P. Nelson Mandela…may your principles of love be the guiding light for future generations’, Kim posted.
‘So so sad to hear the news of Nelson Mandela’s death. What an absolutely incredible man he was! RIP’, wrote Mollie.
‘Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. He will always be remembered and will continue to show people to fight for what they believe in for generations to come #RIP #legend #hero #saint #liveon’, Cara tweeted.
Harry, meanwhile, kept it brief with a simple message reading: ‘RIP Nelson Mandela.’
The Nobel Peace Prize winner will receive a state funeral and national flags will be lowered at half-mast today.
By Robyn Munson