*This post has been updated as Eurovision stars continue to pay their respects throughout the day.*

The world fell into mourning as the news broke late on Thursday night that the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela had passed away. Widely considered as one of the greatest humanitarians of our time, his death has affected people of all creeds and walks of life. His stance against racism, inequality and poverty was an universal one. Not surprisingly his death has touched millions, with many taking to Twitter to express their condolences. Included amongst these are several Eurovision personalities. You can see a selection of their tributes below.

 

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Samo
7 years ago

It is great to see that a man from Africa was so motivational he moved the entire of Europe. RIP Nelson Mandela. I’m from Australia and you were and always will be a great inspiration here.

beccaboo1212
7 years ago

RIP Mandela :'(

David Thielen
7 years ago

An amazing man. He truly is one of the great men of our times.

Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago

So very sad. RIP to a great man and a great leader.

Mike
Mike
7 years ago

RIP Nelson Mandela. Never let us forget such a great person.

Tiggeh
Tiggeh
7 years ago

Indeed Rest In Peace Mr Mandela.