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This Is How Celebrities Reacted To Gene Wilder's Death

"He blessed every film we did with his magic, and he blessed me with his friendship" β€” Mel Brooks

Posted on August 29, 2016, at 4:42 p.m. ET

Gene Wilder, best known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died at 83, his family confirmed. After the Associated Press broke the news, celebrities took to Twitter to mourn and pay tribute to the legendary actor.

Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.

Gene Wilder acted at a different frequency than any other. He was always a moment away from tenderness or hysteria. What an original.

The genius, the talent, the actor, the original, the artist, the storyteller, the creative, the iconic, the great, great, great Gene Wilder.

really sad about gene wilder. willy wonka will forever be one of the movies i love the most and get the most hope from.

Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form. If there's a heaven he has a Golden Ticket. ;^)

RIP Gene Wilder What a fantastic actor! You will be missed. https://t.co/jG67GTQDep

A genius I stole from constantly, and one I was humbled & thrilled to work with. RIP #GeneWilder

Wow! RIP #GeneWilder Just lost a piece of my childhood. #WillyWonka https://t.co/iZ2qg6pt2A

RIP to the legendary Gene Wilder. 2016 has been painful so far.

Re all the mentions of Gilda with Gene Wilder's passing, remember Karen, his wife of the past 25 years. True love:

The greatest comedic mind of my childhood is now gone. #RIP #GeneWilder & thank you 4 your pure imagination. This one hits hard.

Gene Wilder as one of my earliest heroes. Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka, are CLINICS on comic acting. Sad to hear of his passing.

R.I.P to the incomparable Gene Wilder. You filled so many childhoods, mine included, with wonder, laughter & joy. Thank you.

Forever a great comedy film duo Dad and #GeneWilder RIP

I saw Blazing Saddles 7 times at the cinema with my school friends . George St. Cows outside. Gene Wilder you were a genius. Rest in Peace.

Farewell #GeneWilder, comic genius. Thank you for all those happy happy hours.

R.I.P Gene Wilder. As funny as they come.

Absolutely terrible news about Gene Wilder, such an amazing entertainer and a true loss to the world. He will not be forgotten.

Gene Wilder.An inspiration.His performances had guts,originality&perfect timing.Original characters all with soul.

A man who lit up the world with his joy and genius. I can't say what it meant to act with him and get to know his heart. ❀️RIP #GeneWilder

He was always able to make us smile, and that is no small feat. Rest with the stars, Gene Wilder.

Thank you Gene Wilder for the wonderful, the weird, the pure imagination. One of my greatest heroes. 🎩

#GeneWilder The twinkle in your eyes will be returned to the stars but never forgotten. Thank you for the magic.#RIP

Rest in Peace, Gene Wilder... πŸ’”

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." - Willy Wonka RIP Gene Wilder your performances filled my childhood with joy.

RIP #GeneWider . We lost one of the greats today. How deeply you will be missed.

Gene Wilder-- There are no words-- Artist Inspirer and Hilarious just Brilliantly brilliant

R.I.P. Gene Wilder. https://t.co/g2GgROhakg

I spent a good portion of my childhood entertained because of Gene Wilder. Thanks for the laughs, thanks for the wonder.

GENE WILDER, the face of childhood joy for many a generation, has passed. Farewell, sweet genius. Gilda awaits you. https://t.co/pybXNFlGaq

"Nowhere special. I always wanted to go there." #RIP #GeneWilder

Thanks for stopping by Earth for a while.

Yeah.....he bad....he bad. #Rip to the immortal Gene Wilder. https://t.co/r1fUTU6keB

When Gene Wilder walked into the meeting with that incredible perm in THE WOMAN IN RED, and he didn't even reference it. #RIP

Long live Willy Wonka ... Gene Wilder - #Legand https://t.co/cPmcM5yBlN

Gene Wilder. One of my favorites. He just understood comedy on a whole other level. Even when he was alive his legacy was felt. Thanks Gene!

A moment of silence for the master of the comedic pause. Gene Wilder: funny doing something & funny doing nothing.

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