Stephen Moyer and Carrie Underwood The Sound of Music Live
Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela died Thursday after a long illness.
President Jacob Zuma made the announcement from the Union Buildings in Pretoria, saying Mandela died in his Houghton home surrounded by his wife, Graça Machel, and members of his family.
Mandela was hospitalized June 8 with a recurring lung infection and was in critical condition, but rallied for a short period of time.
Zuma also stated that Mandela, known affectionately as Tata Madiba, would have a state funeral and that the flags would fly half-mast from December 6 until after the funeral.
Many around the world see Mandela as a symbol of reconciliation, and the victorious struggle against apartheid.
He was jailed for 27 years under apartheid rule and released in 1990. He then was a key player in ending the apartheid era and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, together with former president FW De Klerk, for the “peaceful termination of the apartheid regime and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.” Mandela then became South Africa’s first black president in 1994.
He stepped down from the presidency in 1999 after one term in office, but continued with a busy public schedule. He brokered negotiations for peace in Rwanda, established the Mandela-Rhodes Foundation for educational scholarship, and launched the 46664 AIDS fundraising foundation.
Mandela retreated from the public eye at age 85. His last public appearance was a brief one at the end of the 2010 World Cup.
Hollywood took to Twitter to pay their respects, including “Extra’s” own Maria Menounos, who wrote, “Nelson #Mandela has died. So heartbreaking. There is no one like him. #inspiration”
Here are more reactions:
Morgan Freeman: “Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve — a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.” Continue reading
Rita Ora is all bundled up while out and about on Tuesday (December 3) in London, England.
The next day, the 23-year-old English singer posted a picture of herself with Jay Z and wrote on Instagram, “Happy Birthday!
Ja Rule wants everyone to know that he and his wife are fine, and he’s not about to leave her for his former prison cellmate.
Responding to unsourced media reports that he and wife Aisha Atkins are splitting up — and that he was leaving her to be with his former cellmate — Ja Rule and his wife posted a picture where they are both kissing and extending their middle fingers.
Along with the picture, the rapper posted the caption:
Back when NBC first announced its plans to air a live telecast of The Sound of Music, starring the charming but novice actress Carrie Underwood, there was a collective gasp in our office — except from me. I’m pretty sure that before tonight, I was the only person in the known universe who had never seen the Julie Andrews movie. So, while everyone else either avoided the show entirely or spent the evening begrudgingly comparing it to their childhood favorite, I took it upon myself to watch with unbiased eyes. And then proceeded to remember why it is that I never sat through the 1965 film in the first place. In case you’re deciding whether to cue up that DVR, here’s my take on the good, the bad and the snoozy of The Sound of Music Live:
Wow, Carrie Underwood’s voice. Girl has come a long way since American Idol, when she could hit every note but never seemed to feel a single word she sang. OK, guys, I get that she’s not the one and only Julie, but she really did come across as an irrepressible girl who’s just got to sing at the top of her voice always.
Last night it was Rebecca Adlington And Alfonso Ribeiro who where voted out of the I’m A Celebrity jungle!
Alfonso has been moaning for the last three weeks that he wanted to go so hearing his name when shows host Ant and Dec announced the next people to come out must have been music to his ears.
Rebecca however wanted to make it to the final but clearly she was not as liked as other people.
Talking in an interview after the pair left camp The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star said: