American actor Gene Wilder (L) performs alongside compatriot Rolf Saxon, during the rehearsal of a scene from Neil Simon's 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor', in New York, October 2, 1996. .
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The news of the death of Gene Wilder hit the comedy world hard on Monday, and tributes to the comedy legend quickly started rolling in. The likes of Stephen Fry, Russell Crowe and Ricky Gervais shared heartfelt tributes to the comedic icon on Twitter.
Fry said: “Farewell Gene Wilder, comic genius. Thank you for all those happy happy hours.” Meanwhile Gervais simply tweeted “Good day sir,” one of Wilder’s most quoted lines from Willy Wonka.
Crowe offered, “I saw Blazing Saddles seven times at the cinema with my school friends. George St. Cows outside. Gene Wilder you were a genius. Rest in Peace.”
Jim Carrey said, “Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form. If there’s a heaven he has a Golden Ticket.”
Sarah Silverman said, “Hilarious & heartbreaking in the very same moment. #RIP beautiful Gene Wilder there was & will never be anyone like you.”
Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba tweeted: “The genius, the talent, the actor, the original, the artist, the storyteller, the creative, the iconic, the great, great, great Gene Wilder.”
Director Kevin Smith posted, “GENE WILDER, the face of childhood joy for many a generation, has passed. Farewell, sweet genius. Gilda awaits you.”
While Young Frankenstein co-star Cloris Leachman simply tweeted, “Oh, Gene, it’s too soon! It’s too soon....”