updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 12/06/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
In an emotional judgment call, two of Nelson Mandela’s daughters decided that the London premiere of the Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom would continue, despite the former South African president’s death Thursday at the age of 95.
Zenani and Zindzi Mandela attended the premiere and learned of their father’s death during the screening. Though the pair left the Odeon Leicester Square theater, they asked that the film play to the end uninterrupted, according to a statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Zindzi Mandela had spoken about her father’s health on the film’s red carpet, saying that he was “fine.”
“He’s just a typical 95-year-old who is frail,” she added.