Gasps of shock at news of Madiba's death at premiere

2013-12-06 15:24
London - If Zindzi Mandela had any idea that her father's long life was drawing to a close, she did not betray it for a minute on the red carpet at the London premiere of his incredible story, Mail Online reported. 

According to the publication Zindzi and and sister Zenani were apparently told that their 95-year-old father had died peacefully at home after months of illness mere minutes before the movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was set to premiere. 

The sisters both requested the screening should continue. 

Few in the Odeon auditorium in Leicester Square knew what had happened and settled down to enjoy an evening celebrating Madiba.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were informed of his death discreetly by an aide shortly before the end of the movie.

“It was only after the credits had rolled that the film's producer Anant Singh got on the stage to break the news to the rest of the audience. There were screams and gasps of shock while some burst into tears. A two minutes' silence was held,” Mail Online reported. 

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