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

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.