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Celebrities react to news that actor William Hurt has died

As the beloved Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the star of the excellent Broadcast News, he will be remembered fondly.

Celebrities react to news that actor William Hurt has died

On Monday morning, people woke up to the news that William Hurt, the Oscar-winning actor known for his roles in movies such as "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Broadcast News," had died. Late on Sunday Hurt's death, at the age of 71, was reported first by Deadline.

What did William Hurt die of?

"It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar winning actor, on 13 March 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday. He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time," the actor's son, Will, posted in a statement obtained by Deadline.

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In 2018, the actor disclosed that he had been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer which had spread to the bone.

Upon hearing the news, many celebrities and fans took to social media to send their messages.

Fellow actor Mark Ruffalo wrote: "Wow, another Major loss to the acting community. Great actor. Great mind. RIP."

"Jesus. This man, who I did not know but whose work I always admired, grabbed me at the Emmys the year after my father died and talked to me for 15 minutes about him and the importance of recognizing fatherhood in this life. I am still moved. #RIP" - American sports and political commentator and writer Keith Olbermann.

Benjamin Dryer: "Good lord, I was so in love with him. Goodbye to William Hurt."

John Fugelsang: "God Bless William Hurt. There's no way to overstate how he dominated film acting in the 1980s. I had pics of him all over my wall as a teenager. He got an Oscar nom in "A History of Violence" for 8 minutes of screen time. He used to call me "Birdsong" in emails. Thank you, Bill."

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