Pat Summitt died Tuesday of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 64. Celebrities are now reacting to and mourning the death of the legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach. See reactions and tributes from athletes and other stars below.
President Barack Obama released a statement saying, “She outworked her rivals and became a role model to millions of Americans, including our two daughters.” NFL player Reggie Bush tweeted, “RIP Pat Summitt 2016 is taking to many of our greats.” And soccer great Mia Hamm expressed, “Thank you Pat Summit for all you have done to inspire women to be their best self. This generation of women are forever changed b/c of you.”
Alyssa Milano simply stated, “Rest in peace, Pat Summit,” while iconic female tennis star Billie Jean King wrote, “Thinking about @patsummitt and sending prayers for her and her family.” Fellow Tennessee native Johnny Knoxville said, “R.I.P. Pat Head Summit, a true class act and one of the greatest coaches this country has ever produced.”
“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts posted an Instagram photo from an interview with Summitt, and added, “I will treasure the time I spent with Pat Summitt. especially at her home in Knoxville. The laughter and the lessons about living life to the fullest. Bless you, Pat.” Katie Couric offered, “Pat Summitt was a legend, an unbelievable coach and mentor,” and Shaquille O’Neal wrote, “Rest In Heaven Coach Pat Summitt. #Legend.”
Additionally, Peyton Manning, who played college football for the University of Tennessee, called Summitt a “great friend” during an interview on SportsCenter, and revealed that he “always felt like she was kind of one of my coaches.” Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to the death of Pat Summitt.
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