The world has lost two great souls this week: former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95, and actor Paul Walker, who tragically died in a fiery car crash at age 40. They will both be missed.
Fans are taking to Twitter to remember the late Nelson Mandela and the late Paul Walker in joint tributes. Sure, Nelson and Paul may seem like an unlikely pairing. Nelson obviously made an incomparable impact on the world — but every act of kindness counts, and Paul definitely tried to make a difference through his disaster-relief charity Reach Out Worldwide.
Paul Walker & Nelson Mandela’s Death — Fans Pay Joint Tribute On Twitter
Fans of Paul and Nelson alike tweeted their sorrow over losing two wonderful people in one short week.
We’ve lost so many amazing souls this past year, my prayers are with their families. R.I.P Cory Monteith, Paul Walker & Nelson Mandela.
— Selena Gomez News (@MyLifeIsSelG) December 5, 2013
— ProudBoyBelieber (@CraigStunna) December 5, 2013
Paul Walker now Nelson Mandela both gone within 7 days, R.I.P! #lifeistoshort ☝☝
— Reagan Hayes (@ReaganHayes97) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker pic.twitter.com/vEzWKtlzg8
— Relatable Teen (@jamievandekamp) December 5, 2013
— Man-Tai Chung (@ManTaiChung) December 5, 2013
Heaven accepted 2 Angels this Week🙏 RIP Paul Walker 9/12/1973 – 11/30/2013 RIP Nelson Mandela 7/18-1918 – 12/5/2013 pic.twitter.com/VHNPEQXK0c
— O▼G (@OvladGreen) December 5, 2013
such great influential people have been taken away from us this week. RIP Paul Walker & Nelson Mandela pic.twitter.com/pBOxH7hHfh
— ♥You & I♥ (@ASDFGHJKL_ZIAM) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker. You were both Fast, Furious and fantastically dashing.
— Thomas Ridgewell (@thetomska) December 6, 2013
President Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali & Other Celebrities Remember Mandela
Many presidents and celebrities are remembering Nelson’s legacy as well.
“We’ve lost one of the most influential courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages,” President Barack Obama said in a press conference. “Today, he has gone home.”
“So long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him,” the president continued before extending his sympathy to his loved ones. “I only hope that the time spent with him these last few weeks have brought them peace and comfort. Let us pause and give thanks that Nelson Mandela lived.”
Former professional boxer Muhammad Ali also released a touching statement praising the late leader on Dec. 5:
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a life filled with purpose and hope; hope for himself, his country and the world. He inspired others to reach for what appeared to be impossible and moved them to break through the barriers that held them hostage mentally, physically, socially and economically. He made us realize, we are our brother’s keeper and that our brothers come in all colors. What I will remember most about Mr.Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through the heavens. He is now forever free.
Nelson also made a lasting impression on former President Bill Clinton, who tweeted:
I will never forget my friend Madiba. pic.twitter.com/UX21ZZG7cg
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 5, 2013
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