Nelson Mandela -- the man who motivated and led South Africa out of a system of racial segregation -- passed away on Thursday, he was 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma announced the news, releasing the following statement:
"He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
Coincidentally, Nelson's death was announced the same day as the Royal film performance of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" -- both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in attendance.
Over the past few months, Mandela had been battling a severe lung infection and was hospitalized numerous times.
The former South African president led one incredibly heroic life -- from freedom fighter, to prisoner and as most importantly, as the country's moral leader.
Nelson Mandela will be dearly missed. Stars have been turning to Twitter to share their reactions surrounding the loss the late political activist.
We'll keep updating the reactions below as more come in.
Piers Morgan @piersmorgan "Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement." Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013. #Madiba #RIP
Kat Graham @KatGraham I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. - Nelson Mandela Rest In Peace
Melanie C @MelanieCmusic I always feel strange acknowledging somebody's passing on twitter but I have to say I am honoured to have met the great Nelson Mandela #RIP
Alyssa Milano @Alyssa_Milano "There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." ~Nelson Mandela
Nancy Pelosi @NancyPelosi May the life of Nelson Mandela long stand as the ultimate tribute to the triumph of hope. Sean Astin @SeanAstin God Bless #NelsonMandela Michael Catherwood @MikeCatherwood I feel blessed to have shared the earth with Nelson Mandela. He was the pinnacle of character. He personified dignity. Michael Moore @MMFlint Thank you, Nelson Mandela. Freedom. Patti Stanger @pattistanger May the peace minister #NelsonMandela RIP as I'm sure the angels are dancing with joy tonight to get to hang with such a great man! Namaste maria menounos @mariamenounos #BREAKING Nelson #Mandela has died. So heartbreaking. There is no one like him. #inspiration Tyra Banks @tyrabanks @NelsonMandela, 95 powerful years on this earth yet freedom for INFINITY because of you. You are an angel that will live forever.
Nikki Sixx @NikkiSixx RIP Nelson Mandela. A man that changed the world.....
Quincy @Quincy RIP Nelson Mandela. He was the true definition of a #HERO.
XZIBIT @xzibit RIP Nelson Mandela, what an incredible journey. Thank you for everything you have shown us,and being a true hero. You will be missed. #truth
Russell Simmons @UncleRUSH 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
Gilles Marini @GillesMarini #NelsonMandela RIP. Not many warriors of freedom in this world but clearly He was one of them.
Kelly Osbourne @KellyOsbourne Today is officially one of the saddest days! The world has lost the most inspirational person to ever walk the earth rip #NelsonMandela
Shane West @shanewest_ "@ryanAguzman: Rest in Peace to a great leader and inspiration to many #NelsonMandela . The world has felt your positive effect." True words
Mike Tyson @MikeTyson I'm hearing about Nelson Mandela's death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela's family.
Busta Rhymes @BustaRhymes RIP 2 ONE OF OUR LAST TRULY GREAT KINGS AND GOD OF OUR UNIVERSE, THE LATE GREAT NELSON MANDELA!!! I WILL 4EVER LOVE U GREAT MAN & GREAT MIND
Hayley Atwell @HayleyAtwell Deeply saddened to hear the news of Nelson Mandela's passing. A champion of human rights. Katie Couric @katiecouric34s "If people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love." - #NelsonMandela, RIP & may your words live on...
Elisabetta Canalis @JustElisabetta Goodbye great hero , true inspiration for people to change the world. #NelsonMandela
Pau Gasol @paugasol Thankful to @NelsonMandela for having shown us so much wisdom and leadership. His legacy and example will always stay with us. RIP #Madiba
LA Reid @LA_Reid Nelson Mandela changed the world for all of humanity! May his blessed soul rest in peace.
Fergie @Fergie Meeting Nelson Mandela at his house in Johannesburg was a truly memorable moment in life for me. He was an angel.
Tia Mowry @TiaMowry My heart aches!! Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela....
bob saget @bobsaget Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mandela
Richard Branson @richardbranson Today we lost not only a great man; we also lost one of the world's greatest leaders
Gene Simmons @genesimmons Nelson Mandela sadly passed away. A sad day. A great man.
Tyler Perry @tylerperry There were only 3 people that I wanted to meet in life, Nelson Mandela was one of them.
Sarah Michelle @RealSMG #RIP Nelson Mandela. The best example of a human being I can think of. The world is a better place because of you. Thank you
Reggie Bush @ReggieBush Man RIP Nelson Mandela. This is too much bad news
Al Gore @algore Today marks the passing of one of the world's great leaders and visionaries, Nelson Mandela. Farewell, Madiba. Ryan Phillippe @RyanPhillippe Mandela was bouncing Ava, then two yrs old, on his knee & called her, "future leader". I couldn't believe it in that moment. I still can't.
Charlize Theron @CharlizeAfrica My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever
Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH Nelson Mandela, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy…
oliviamunn @oliviamunn "To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." RIPNelsonMandela