Nelson Mandela dies at 95: celebrities pay tribute (Photos)

Slideshow posted in Photos | Thursday, December 05, 2013

2 of 24: Oprah Winfrey said in a statement about Nelson Mandela after hearing about his death on Dec. 5, 2013, 'One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you've ever heard and more  humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time.'

'He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.'

(Pictured: Oprah Winfrey and Nelson Mandela appear in an undated photo provided by Winfrey.) ( Photo / Oprah Winfrey)