Former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home yesterday (Thursday, December 5th) after a prolonged lung infection.
QUEEN members Brian May and Roger Taylor pay tribute to Mandela with the following:
“Very sad to hear of Madiba’s passing. We (Queen, along with DAVE STEWART, and THE CORRS) were privileged to spend some days and nights with him at his game park retreat, while we were organising the first 46664 concert for AIDS at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. They were life-changing days, with quiet time and talks around a camp fire at night, which we will remember til we die.
Mandela was the most inspiring man of his generation. His message, by example, was the power of forgiveness. He showed us that it’s possible to act after great injustice with no thought of revenge. He was light, funny, enormously generous, and, quietly, the greatest example to the world that a man can be.
RIP dear Madiba.” – Brian May
“Mandela, how sad. Leaves a great big hole in the world.” – Roger Taylor
(Pictured left to right: PETER GABRIEL, Brian May, ANNIE LENNOX, Nelson Mandela, Roger Taylor, Dave Stewart)