Nelson Mandela’s two youngest daughters found out about their father’s death during the London premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the highly-anticipated biopic starring Idris Elba and following the anti-apartheid fighter’s life.
According to reports, Zindzi and Zenani were informed of the sad news by telephone while walking the red carpet. They “immediately left the cinema” but requested for the event to continue despite their absence. Guests in attendance included Prince William and his wife Kate.
When the film finished and the credits war rolling, producer Anant Singh took to the stage and shared the devastating news with the crowd. “It is with great sadness that President Zuma has recently announced the passing of Mandela,” he said.
“I just wanted to say it’s extremely sad and tragic news,” he told reporters. “We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. It’s very sad.”
Zindzi and Zenani have yet to make an statement about their father’s passing.