Social media has become an increasingly popular outlet to pay tribute and honor impactful people that have passed away.
Gene Wilder, famous for legendary comedic turns in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,” was honored across the web after he died Tuesday at age 83 from Alzheimer’s-related complications.
Tributes poured in as news of his passing filtered across the web.
Most notably, Wilder’s frequent collaborator, Mel Brooks, Tweeted the following:
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.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
The official announcement came from his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman. As prepared statements go, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one more expertly crafted:
Such a lovely, platitude-free statement on Gene Wilder. pic.twitter.com/thuYEFHKvz
— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) August 30, 2016
Tributes from actors, comedians and musicians continued to pop up online:
Goodbye, Gene Wilder. You were one of the great screen comedians. Original and surprising every time.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 29, 2016
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 29, 2016
Happy to see that the heartfelt & appropriate tributes to the great serio-comic actor, Gene Wilder, Will watch 1 of his classics tomorrow.
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) August 30, 2016
This is the poster from my office directly in front me. Gene Wilder was comic perfection! Never had a false moment. pic.twitter.com/RvsreTCHNi
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 30, 2016
— Carla Gugino (@carlagugino) August 30, 2016
Gene Wilder will be so very missed. His performance in THE PRODUCERS is unforgettable. A truly great comedic actor. Always so truthful.
— David_Suchet (@David_Suchet) August 30, 2016
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) August 30, 2016
What was your favorite Gene Wilder moment, PR Daily readers?