Like wildfire, the word of Nelson Mandela‘s passing has spread quickly throughout the world. An immovable anti-apartheid revolutionist, caring politician, and devout philanthropist the death of Nelson Mandela has sent a mixture of shock, grief, reverence for a man who was born in South Africa but beloved everywhere because of his courage and devotion to aid those who cannot aide themselves.
As was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative election, he focused his time in office on dismantling the presence of apartheid that veined itself throughout the country and its government. Mandela fought and ended institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, in the country while fostering racial reconciliation.
So it is not confusing why so many are impacted by his lost. President Barack Obama ordered that American flags be lowered to half-staff to honor Mandela which is a rare honor for a foreign leader. Meanwhile memorials to the former South African president have sprung across the United States.
To honor the central figure Twitter itself has become a social media memorial where numerous people are expressing their sadness for Mandela’s passing. Among the tweet’s being sent out are those among Latino superstars.
Latin Rapper Pitbull took to his Twitter account, @Pitbull, and tweeted: “RIP Nelson Mandela. You are now truly free. God Bless and enjoy the heavens. Tell Celia Cruz hello for me and azucaaaaarrrr.”
Meanwhile actress Zoe Saldana and Eva Longoria also tweeted their respects for Mandela:
@zoesaldana tweeted: “An Angel has left this earth today. #RIPNelsonMandela. An inspirational force that left behind lessons we should practice everyday.”
@EvaLongoria tweeted: “Today the world lost one it’s greatest leaders. Rest in peace Mandela…”
Taking to their respective Twitter accounts Puerto Rican superstars Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin expressed their condolences.
@JLO tweeted: ““It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. You will be missed. #trueinspiration #peoplewhochangetheworld”
@ricky_martin tweeted: “There is a party in heaven. Angels are celebrating. The one and only #NelsonMandela has arrived. RIP”
And among the Latino superstars to express their sadness over the passing of one of the world’s greatest social activists, Gloria Estefan took to her Twitter to comment on Mandela’s passing and share a photo she, her husband Emilio, and oldest son Nayib.
@GloriaEstefan tweeted: “RIP Nelson Mandela, who truly changed the world with his sacrifice…it was an honor to have been in his presence.”