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