Charlize Theron (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Charlize Theron @CharlizeAfrica (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(CNN) — Hollywood has long stood with Nelson Mandela in his fight against apartheid and his support of human rights. After the announcement of his death on Thursday, stars shared their thoughts and condolences on Twitter:

Charlize Theron ‏@CharlizeAfrica

My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever

Samuel L. Jackson ‏@SamuelLJackson

Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country.

Whoopi Goldberg ‏@WhoopiGoldberg

I want 2give the world a hug I was told Mandeba just passed. Nelson Mandela R.I.P. Time for a well earned sleep.Condolences to his family

Mike Tyson ‏@MikeTyson

I’m hearing about Nelson Mandela’s death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela’s family.

William Shatner ‏@WilliamShatner

I hope the great work started by Nelson Mandela continues to spread across the world. He will be remembered as an icon for equality.

LL Cool J ‏@llcoolj

Nelson Mandela. What a difference one person can make. #RestEternally

Busta Rhymes ‏@BustaRhymes



Wow. RIP Nelson Mandela. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

Russell Simmons ‏@UncleRUSH

Nelson Mandela was an angel walking on this earth. You were one the greatest teachers this world has ever known. We love you and we miss you

Abigail Breslin ‏@yoabbaabba

Speechless… R.I.P. Nelson Mandela.

Ricky Martin ‏@ricky_martin

There is a party in heaven. Angels are celebrating. The one and only #NelsonMandela has arrived. RIP

Gabrielle Union ‏@itsgabrielleu

Rest in eternal peace, love and light #NelsonMandela

Michael Moore ‏@MMFlint

I was convinced Nelson Mandela would NEVER get out of prison. When he did, and became President, I decided right then anything was possible.

Olivia Wilde ‏@oliviawilde

Oh Mandela, rest in peaceful freedom.

Alyssa Milano ‏@Alyssa_Milano

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” ~Nelson Mandela

Albert Brooks ‏@AlbertBrooks

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela. Humanity at its absolute best.

Kevin Hart ‏@KevinHart4real

The definition of Strength is “Nelson Mandela” #RIP #GREATNESS #ICON

LeVar Burton ‏@levarburton

A great Soul has left us!!!! Nelson Mandela… Rest in Peace!

Olivia Munn ‏@oliviamunn

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” RIPNelsonMandela

Melissa Joan Hart ‏@MelissaJoanHart

God Bless Nelson Mandela and his family! What a long and meaningful life! Rest in Eternal Peace! #rip

Sean Astin ‏@SeanAstin

God Bless #NelsonMandela

Marlee Matlin ‏@MarleeMatlin

So sad to read of the passing of the symbol of global resistance to racism. RIP Nelson Mandela

Kirk Franklin ‏@kirkfranklin

And just like that…my trip to Johannesburg has now changed. MANDELA our Hero has passed….

Josh Groban ‏@joshgroban

We have lost one of humanity’s greatest treasures. RIP Madiba. I will never forget the lessons learned from him or his vision that lives on.

Melanie C ‏@MelanieCmusic

I always feel strange acknowledging somebody’s passing on twitter but I have to say I am honoured to have met the great Nelson Mandela #RIP

Stephen Fry ‏@stephenfry

Oh no. Just heard. Madiba dead. One of the greatest ever to share the planet with us. #mandela

Eliza Dushku ‏@elizadushku

Dearest Nelson Mandela. An inspiring life doesn’t begin to describe, an icon, a hero, a saint to the fullest. #RIP marvelous, beautiful man.

Padma Lakshmi ‏@PadmaLakshmi

So sad to hear of Nelson Mandela’s passing. What a life well lived! RIP

David Copperfield ‏@D_Copperfield

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela, rest in peace.

Clark Gregg ‏@clarkgregg

“…our presence automatically liberates others.” Rest In Peace Nelson Mandela

Emile Hirsch ‏@EmileHirsch

Huge sadness for the loss of Nelson Mandela, a sterling example of human greatness and achievement.

Tatyana Ali ‏@TatyanaAli

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” #Mandela

Questlove Jenkins ‏@questlove

Free Nelson Mandela! Nelson Mandela Is Free. #Respect

Harvey Weinstein, whose company is releasing the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in the United States this month, hailed Mandela in a statement.

“One of the privileges of making movies is having the opportunity to immortalize those who have made a profound impact on humanity,” he said. “We count ourselves unspeakably fortunate to have been immersed in Nelson Mandela’s story and legacy. It’s been an honor to have been granted such proximity to a man who will go down as one of history’s greatest freedom fighters and advocates for justice. I have had the privilege of spending time with President Mandela and I can say his sense of humor was as great as his optimism. We are deeply saddened by his loss; our hearts go out to his family and the entire South African nation.”

The film premiered in London on Thursday night.

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