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RIP Nelson Mandela: Tributes pour in, `Madiba` trends on Twitter

By Hemant Abhishek | Last Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 21:05

Zee Media Bureau

Johannesburg: Hashtag R.I.P Mandela (#RIPNelsonMandela) was the top trending topic on Twitter on Friday following the death of global anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Mandela, South Africa`s first elected black president, died at his home in Houghton, a suburb of Johannesburg, following a protracted illness. He was 95.

Celebrities, commoners and well known world figures alike, everyone tweeted their shock and sadness at Mandela`s demise.

Twitter itself tweeted a black and white picture of Madiba (Mandela`s clan name) with his clenched fist in the air following his release from prison.

People across the globe and specially South Africans expressed their grief.

Former California governor and Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted, saying Madiba`s life is the closest thing to proof of God.

Golfer Tiger Woods tweeted, "Pop & I felt your aura when we met, I feel it today & I will feel it forever. You have done so much for humanity."

Actress Charlize Theron said she is saddened to the depths of her soul. Olympic sprinter Anaso Jobodwana credited Mandela for his own achievements as an athlete.

There have also been formal tributes from many South Africa sports federations.

A minute`s silence has been held at both the cricket test matches under way at the moment, the Ashes in Australia and in Dunedin where the West Indies are playing New Zealand.

Celebrities such as Cristina Milian and Justin Bieber all took to social media to pay their tribute to Madiba.

Some top tweets included —

First Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 17:33

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