Supermodel Naomi Campbell recorded a touching video message to honour former South African leader Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter, which was played at her funeral on Thursday (17Jun10).
Zenani Mandela died last week (10Jun10) - a day after her 13th birthday (09Jun10) - after she was involved in a car accident on her way back from the soccer World Cup tournament's launch concert.
Nelson Mandela missed the World Cup's opening game last Friday (11Jun10) to mourn the 12 year old, and he and ex-wife Winnie turned out for the youngster's funeral service in Johannesburg on Thursday, following a private burial service earlier in the day.
Many relatives gave readings at the moving service and a specially-recorded message from Campbell was played to the chapel congregation at St Stithian's College.
The British beauty recalled memories of playing with Zenani, who she considered like a god-daughter after becoming close to Mandela in the 1990s.
She said, "I was truly blessed to have been able to say that we walked and laughed and got to play dress-up. She will remain in my heart forever."
John Legend, who performed at the concert before the young girl's death, also sent a message of condolence to the Mandelas. Sizwe Mankazana, the driver who was behind the wheel when Zenani died, has sent a heartfelt message to the family too.
Mankazana, who is facing charges of drink-driving and culpable homicide, said, "I deeply regret the loss of our little Zeni. I ask that your thoughts and prayers be with her family and friends during this very difficult time."