Media outlets around the world broke the news that U.S. military special forces had killed terrorist leader Osama bin laden Sunday evening (May 1), after years of searching for the elusive enemy leader.
Bin laden was shot and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, via an operation conducted by a U.S. Navy SEALs team and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The news spread quickly, and became the most discussed topic on Twitter pretty soon after, as people flooded the social network to react to the news. Celebrities did the same.
Many in the hip-hop and R&B community offered their thoughts and reactions as well -- some proud of the U.S. accomplishment, other wondering what the future holds, and others even skeptical about it all.
Below are tweets from some of the celebrities to tweet about the news:
Lupe Fiasco: Now kill poverty, wack schools, and US imperialism...
Mike Tyson: Obama got rid of Osama!!
Lil Jon: BIN LADEN IS THE NEWS!! THEY GOT HIS BODY! WOW!
Paul Wall: F*** bin ladden... RIP to my potna Big H.A.W.K.
Chad Ochocinco (NFL): Waking up to the news on Osama's death.Justice has been served after yrs of searching.As we rejoice as a country something still worries me. Now that Osama has been killed what about those willing to revenge his death?How do u fight or defend against those willing 2 die 4 a cause?
Jermaine Dupri: THEY SAYIN BEN LADEN IS DEAD, I NEED TO SEE THE BODY
Raekwon: Wow, on the bus watching cnn it went down!
Maxwell: for the victims, the soldiers & the families who suffer loss or wait even now for the return of loved ones #THANKYOU
Fabolous: When they 1st told me Osama died, 1st thing I said was "Word, I jus seen Osama"..
Pusha T: OBAMA KILLED OSAMA!!!!!!!!
Amber Rose: Whoa! Thx twitfam I had no idea about Bin Laden i just got home changed the channel. I swear to God I just got off of a 5 hour flight I had no idea. I can't believe bin laden is dead! Holy crap! Hell yea!
?uestlove: I hope those rejoicing can hear O's words that to engage in anti Islam/Muslim rhetoric is missing the point
John Legend: Peace and love to everyone worldwide. Bin laden responsible for deaths of so many outside of the US as well
Lady Gaga: Just landed. Watching CNN, what a historical moment in the fight against hatred.
Game: Bin Laden gone....they n!gga DEAAAAD (@kanyewest voice)
Timbaland: dang they killed him 4real
Keri Hilson: Woke up to great news!! I only wish we could hear Osama Bin Laden speak now. I'm not happy he's "dead" but I am happy that justice prevails. ... I don't know about you, but I'm stayin prayed UP!! A lot has been happening on this dear earth at an unusually frequent pace.
Ciara: OBAMA!!! God Bless America!
Snoop Dogg: Rip to everybody who was taken on 911. Let the troops bac home n lower gas prices let's live happily ever after!! Bring the soldiers bac home asap! They r missed! We love how they fight for us now let's fight for them!!
Nick Cannon: "OBAMA GOT OSAMA!"
LeToya Luckett: They done fount the Lil homie & dropped bombs! *cues bombs over Baghdad by Outkast*
Busta Rhymes: We r living in the middle of & witnessing very interesting times. Pay close attention 2 everything but also read btwn the lines...
Andre Berto (boxer): Wow this is a special day...watching CNN watching this mob cheering outside of the White house...
Nicki Minaj: God bless the troops.
Lebron James: #WoW!! Obama words are earth moving and inspiring.
Rudy Gay (NBA): Ok so we killed Osama. Now all we have to do is find Waldo and Carmen San Diego! Then I will be impressed!!!!
Rihanna: Rumpupupum Rumpupupum Rumpupupuuum #ManDown
Ashanti: Many blessings of comfort & closure to the families touched by 9/11.
Jazmine Sullivan: say what now??? osama was at the corner store and got shot? what happened yall?? i just came in the house.
Katy Perry: AMERICA FUCK YEAH, HERE TO SAVE THE MOTHER F***IN DAY YEAH! ... I believe in justice... but don't u think that an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind? ...But in general (& then after this I'll go back to being an opinion less popstar) It is a GREAT day 4 America & I'm PROUD 2 b an American!
Big Boi: They must be passin out free gas cards in front of the white house...them motherf***az crunk