On December 5, the entire world was rocked with the news that former South African president Nelson Mandela, who ended decades of apartheid in his home country and was a tireless advocate for civil rights, had passed away at the age of 95.
Countless celebrities have flocked to Twitter to mourn the loss of such a great man, and that includes plenty of Glee stars. The first Glee actor to react to the news was former cast member and original Glee Project winner Damian McGinty (Rory). He tweeted, “Nelson Mandela. Legend of all legends. Deserves his rest.”
Soon after, guest star Adam Lambert (Starchild) tweeted, “RIP Mandela.” Kevin McHale (Artie) soon followed: “There will never be another Nelson Mandela. A true hero that has been deeply ingrained into our history. Thoughts are with his family.”Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) wrote, “Grateful that you graced this earth. #ripnelsonmandela”
Dianna Agron (Quinn) wrote, “‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Nelson Mandela” and “What a good head and heart he had....‘A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.’ Nelson Mandela.”
Season 4 Glee actor Dean Geyer (Brody) is from South Africa, and he released a string of tweets remembering his nation’s beloved president. “I am very proud to have been raised in a Country that was home to one of the most Incredibly influential men on the planet,” Dean wrote.
He quickly added, “Madiba your beautiful heart and generous spirit will of course forever be remembered by every SA.. As well as people around the world.”
“Thank you for all the love you brought into this world :) we will miss you #greatestpresidentever,” he ended.
Greatest president ever? Yeah, we say it’s going to be pretty hard for anyone to ever top Nelson Mandela.