Elie Wiesel is dead. He was 87. Now a wide range of celebrities are mourning his death.
Wiesel’s tragic experiences during the Holocaust led to his book Night and the decades he spent as a peace and human rights activist. A cause of death has not been announced. Among the first to pay tribute was Don Cheadle, who tweeted, “A world beacon in peace and activism. Your guidance and example of how to live a life w/o hatred will be missed.”
George Clooney said in a statement, “Unless you’re 88 years old most of us have not lived in a world without Elie Wiesel. We had a champion who carried our pain, our guilt and our responsibility on his shoulders for generations. Now he’s gone. It’s hard to fathom. So I guess it’s up to us now. To fight for the disenfranchised. To speak truth to power and to never forget how cruel man can be to man. In memory of Elie it’s the least we can do. Rest in peace my friend. You brought us this far. We’ll take it from here.”
Rob Lowe exclaimed, “What a life! What a loss for us all!” Mara Wilson stated, “Elie Wiesel is gone. Please don’t forget him. Please don’t forget what he taught us.” Katie Couric said, “Elie Wiesel was a great man. Thank you for the time you spent educating and enriching us all.” And Josh Groban wrote, “His message, his experience must never be forgotten. What a great man and what a loss to our ever divisive world.”
“I am deeply saddened to know Elie Wiesel has passed away. He was one of humanity’s brightest lights. He’ll be profoundly missed,” noted Paula Abdul. Samantha Ronson first quoted Wiesel as saying, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” She then added, “#ripElieWiesel.” Ike Barinholtz posted, “Amazing life right here. Read about this man.”
“I remember reading Elie Wiesel’s NIGHT in high school and feeling my world explode,” shared Mark Duplass. Larry King tweeted, “So sorry to hear of #ElieWiesel’s passing. I knew him well. He was a great man and a wonderful writer. Rest in peace.” Dan Rather said, “So sad to see Elie Wiesel has passed. He was such an inspiration to so many people.”
Novelist Anne Rice, remarked, “The great Elie Wiesel, survivor of the Holocaust, has left us at the age of 87. I have tears in my eyes…” Sports personality Rich Eisen also wrote, “RIP, the great, brilliant, gift to mankind Elie Wiesel.” Melinda Gates commented, “Deeply saddened by the passing of Elie Wiesel, who remained optimistic in the darkest days and pushed us to see beauty in humanity.” And President Obama called Wiesel “a great moral voice of our time and a conscience for our world. He was also a dear friend. We will miss him deeply.”
Among the remarks from Bill Clinton were that “Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Elie Wiesel. We join all those around the world in mourning his loss and giving thanks for his life.” He added, “Elie shouldered the blessing and the burden of survival. In words and deeds, he bore witness and built a monument to memory to teach the living and generations to come the perils of human indifference.”
Gossip Cop had the honor of hearing Wiesel speak on more than one occasion, and he was truly a remarkable man. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this difficult time.
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