Nelson Mandela: His Life in Pictures

With his passing on Dec. 5, PEOPLE looks back at the amazing life of South Africa's legendary leader

  • FEELING THE PEACE photo | Bono, Nelson Mandela

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Updated: Thursday Jul 18, 2013 | 12:00 PM EDT By: Kate Hogan & Katie Kauss


Tied by their activism, Bono and Mandela enjoy a longtime friendship, with the U2 frontman even penning a song, "46664," named after Mandela's prisoner number. But their time together is a little less heavy at the 2000 Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco, where they spread a simple message backstage.