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Oprah Winfrey remembers Nelson Mandela

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Ever since word spread of Nelson Mandela’s death on Thursday, celebrities have taken to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., to say goodbye to “The Father of a Nation.”

Now, Oprah Winfrey has offered her sentiments having been one of the few people to visit Mandela’s home and spend time with him.

“One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him,” Winfrey wrote in an email. “He was everything you’ve ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.”

Originally posted December 6 2013 — 2:19 PM EST

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