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

Slideshow posted in Photos | Thursday, December 05, 2013

3 of 24: Morgan Freeman, who portrayed Nelson Mandela in the 2009 film 'Invictus,' said in a statement about Nelson Mandela after hearing about his death on Dec. 5, 2013, '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.'

(Pictured: Morgan Freeman appears at Jazz Foundation Of America Presents 'A Great Night In Harlem' in New York City on May 17, 2013. / Freeman appears as Mandela in a scene from the 2009 movie 'Invictus.') ( Photo / Marion Curtis/ / Warner Bros. Pictures)