Tributes: The Stars We've Lost

From Mike Nichols to Robin Williams to Philip Seymour Hoffman, we remember the personalities who've left us

NELSON MANDELA

Few people have, or ever will, live the life Nelson Mandela did. Until his death on Dec. 5 at the age of 95, he was a fearless but beloved warrior, never once stopping his fight for what he felt was right – a country united, not divided, on the topic of race relations. His activism landed him in prison; he spent 18 years on the secluded Robben Island before moving to a Cape Town jail for an additional nine years. Freed at age 71 in 1990, he went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize and become South Africa's first black president, making famous friends along the way. He was survived by his third wife, Graça Machel, and several adult children.