don cheadle nelson mandela bet awards BET Awards 2013 honor Nelson Mandela with Don Cheadle speechLess than 15 minutes into the 2013 BET Awards, Don Cheadle took to the stage to present the award for Best Male R&B Pop Artist. But before he could give Miguel the award, he took a moment to honor an ailing hero: Nelson Mandela.

“This evening we would like to offer prayers and support and hope to the extraordinary Nelson Mandela and his family, and to the people of South Africa,” Cheadle says to applause from the crowd. “Mr. Mandela, we salute you and we wish you well.”

Mandela is currently hospitalized, and millions around the world have held vigil for the anti-apartheid former South African president. The 94-year-old’s health is reportedly deteriorating, but his daughter Makaziwe came forward recently to say all hope is not lost. “I won’t lie, it doesn’t look good,” she said. “But as I say, if we speak to him, he responds and tries to open his eyes. He’s still there.” 
Posted by:Terri Schwartz