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Musicians React to the Death of Nelson Mandela

Image courtesy of WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95.  Through the years, he'd worked with many top musicians at various charity events, and still others served as ambassadors for his charity.  Others were simply inspired by his lifelong fight to end apartheid in South Africa.  Here's a selection of reactions to his passing:

Beyonce , an ambassador for Mandela's charity, posted several photos of herself with Mandela, and wrote on Instagram, " Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace. "

In a lengthy essay in Time magazine , U2's Bono , a longtime Mandela friend, writes, "As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager...I, like everyone else, was mesmerized by his deft maneuvering as leader of South Africa...more than anyone, it was he who rebooted the idea of Africa from a continent in chaos to a much more romantic view, one in keeping with the majesty of the landscape and the nobility of even its poorer inhabitants...He never doubted that his continent would triumph in the 21st century: 'We are not just the peoples with the oldest history,' he told me. 'We have the brightest future.'”

Jennifer Lopez : "It always seems impossible until it's done." Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. You will be missed. #trueinspiration #peoplewhochangetheworld

Lionel Richie: “He was a father to all of us. May his life be a constant reminder, that we are all ONE WORLD..  He will be missed.”

Sheryl Crow : I have a heavy spirit today. Nelson Mandela will forever be remembered, admired, and loved. He changed the world.

Rihanna : # NelsonMandela you made your people proud!! We'll always love you for it!

Josh Groban , an ambassador for Mandela's charity, tweeted a photo of himself with the late leader and added, "We have lost one of humanity's greatest treasures. RIP Madiba. I will never forget the lessons learned from him or his vision that lives on."

Jessie J : " Nelson Mandela showed and acted out in front of the world what the true meaning of "fight for what you believe in" is! Thank you for giving humanity your humbling spirit everyday until the very end. I am so happy that one day my future children will learn about you as a genuine leader of love and peace. An example to all. You are an angel. R.I.P "

Fergie tweeted a picture of herself with Mandela and Will.i.am, and wrote: "Meeting Nelson Mandela at his house in Johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. He was an angel."

OneRepublic : R.I.P Nelson Mandela

Ricky Martin: " There is a party in heaven. Angels are celebrating. The one and only #NelsonMandela has arrived. RIP."

Ed Sheeran wrote "Rest in Peace" and tweeted a photo showing one of Mandela's most famous quotes: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.  People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

Jordin Sparks: He truly was an angel on earth & now he can finally fly. RIP Mandela <3

Ariana Grande : "Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. Grateful for all he has done to better the world."

Jim Brickman : Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela ...A courageous man who not only fought hard for the people of his nation, but for the people of the world.

Gloria Estefan ‏tweeted a photo of herself and Mandela and added, "RIP Nelson Mandela, who truly changed the world with his sacrifice...it was an honor to have been in his presence."

Paul Simon: "Mandela was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century.  He conceived a model for mortal enemies to overcome their hatred and find a way through compassion to rebuild a nation based on truth, justice and the power of forgiveness. His passing should reignite a worldwide effort for peace."

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