Nelson Mandela Remembered By Bono, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles

The U2 frontman and activist eulogizes his friend and role model, writing, 'Laugher, not tears, was Madiba's preferred way.'

 continue to pour in as the world mourns the loss of iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who died 
 Thursday (December 5) at 95 following a series of lung infections.

Among the most poignant eulogies was one from U2 singer and global activist Bono, who penned a lengthy item on that described Mandela as “a forceful presence” in his life.

“Mandela would be remembered as a remarkable man just for what happened — and didn’t happen — in South Africa’s transition,” Bono wrote. “But more than anyone, it was he who rebooted the idea of Africa from a continent in chaos to a much more romantic view, one in keeping with the majesty of the landscape and the nobility of even its poorer inhabitants. He was also a hardheaded realist, as his economic policy demonstrated. To him, principles and pragmatism were not foes; they went hand in hand. He was an idealist without -naivet√©, a compromiser without being compromised.”

R. Kelly, who wrote the song “Soldier’s Heart” in honor of Mandela in 2009, performed an emotional take on the piano ballad on “The Arsenio Hall Show” on Thursday night. “When the mountain seemed impossible to climb/Until he stood on the front line/He led the way/Out of the darkness/He didn’t let us go astray,” Kels sang amid a montage that included one of him with the late South African icon.

Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Hillary Clinton, Harry Styles, director Steve McQueen, Nicki Minaj and were among the chorus of additional voices who posted words of respect and admiration for the late Mandela.