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Sean Penn and Oliver Stone pay tribute to Hugo Chavez


Sean Penn and Oliver Stone were among the first celebrities to pay their respects to Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday. Actor and humanitarian Penn, one of Chavez's most vocal supporters in Hollywood, has written a tribute to the Venezuelan President, calling him "a friend I was blessed to have."

In a statement, he said, "Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion. I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela. Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of Vice President Maduro."

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Director Stone, who endorsed Chavez in his 2009 documentary "South of the Border," offers, "I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place. Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history. My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned."

The late leader courted controversy throughout his 14 years in power for his anti-America stance. A state funeral will be held on Friday. Vice President Nicolas Maduro will take over the presidency until a new election can take place.

Mar 6, 2013 8:13AM
Mar 6, 2013 8:11AM

These Hollywood Commies need to pack it up & get the hell out of our country. Bet you they don't have to worry about Obama care & all the other Commie BS being shoved up our asses. As for that banana

bean eating POS Chavez, I say good riddance & the best news so far for 2013.

Mar 6, 2013 8:12AM
It's Sean Penn, what else would you expect then he loves a Socialist Dictator.  Who cares anyway what a Hollywood has been thinks.  The rest of the civilized world is glad that he is dead.  Maybe now the people can have their country back.
Mar 6, 2013 8:25AM
Chavez   was ANTISEMITIC .He used Jews   as scapegoats  to have his people forget their unhappy lives .
Venezuela is a rich country  -with oil - but  most people are very poor ..
Where does the money go ?
I won't shed any crocodile tear over him

Mar 6, 2013 8:26AM
I can't understand the Hollywood growd they make their under capitalism system and then start criitcizing it. I wouldn't waste my time watching their movies or listening to their songs,garbage.
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