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Nelson Mandela dead at 95; Stars share sorrow with fans on social media

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Nelson Mandela’s death on Thursday has people around the world in sorrow. For many the leader was a legendary figure and his influence in Hollywood is seen in the movies. As expected, there has been an outpouring of sadness from stars and celebrities who were impacted by the leader and now in response to Mandela's death they are sharing condolences with fans. In only a few minutes, perhaps as fast as the news traveled Hollywood, hooked up to social media to share in the global tributes.

Few people could have impacted the world in the way Nelson Mandela has over his lifetime. Perhaps that is why in the tributes seen online the celebrities share quotes from the leader as well as offer their sadness. Combing the social media feeds, it appears many stars are sad for the loss the world has felt today.

"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," wrote Russell Simmons.

"So sad to hear about Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace," shared Simon Cowell.

"Nelson Mandela, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy…" wrote Neil Patrick Harris.

"Oh Mandela, rest in peaceful freedom," offered Olivia Wilde after hearing the news.

"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." #RIPNelsonMandela," wrote the starlet Lindsay Lohan on Twitter.

"'The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.' #NelsonMandela," shared Hilary Scott who used a quote from Mandela to honor him.

"Today is officially one of the saddest days! The world has lost the most inspirational person to ever walk the earth rip #NelsonMandela," tweeted Kelly Clarkson from her official Twitter account.

"Wow. RIP Nelson Mandela. 'After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb,''' shared Randy Jackson on Twitter

While the star tributes are still pouring in, it appears Hollywood is thinking about Nelson Mandela as well. Special news coverage highlighting the life of the South African is being put into the lineup for news shows this week already with some shows expected to air as early as Thursday night on TV.

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