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Billboard mourning Mandela's death has Morgan Freeman's photo instead

Friday, December 20, 2013 | 5:32 PM    

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INDIA (AFP) — A billboard mourning Nelson Mandela's death has been erected in India, but a photo of actor Morgan Freeman has been mistakenly used. 

The memorial to Mandela was placed in the city of Coimbatore.

Morgan Freeman played Mandela in 2009 film Invictus, which is probably how the mistake arose.

'We should be proud that we were part of an era when they lived,' read the condolence message on the board in Tamil.

The DailyMail said a vendor, Chandrashekhar, who paid for the board in a private capacity as a mark of respect to the former South African leader, said it was a mistake by the designer.

'We will replace it with the correct picture of Mandela,' the merchant, who uses one name, told AFP by telephone from Chennai, adding that he did not know how the gaffe occurred.

Earlier this month Morgan Freeman, paid tribute to Mandela, describing him as 'a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind'.

The 76-year-old actor —  who some mistakenly posted a picture of next to tweets paying tribute to Mandela — added: 'As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we've come, but on how far we have to go.

'Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.'

Proceedings, following the death of Mandela has brought around several gaffes. 

The most high profile has been the man who performed fake sign language during a memorial service.

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