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Burt Reynolds Dead: Kate Hudson, Reba McEntire and More Celebrities React

Celebrities sent their condolences and paid tribute to Burt Reynolds after Us Weekly broke the news of his death on Thursday, September 6.

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Kate Hudson shared a beautiful throwback photo of herself, mom Goldie Hawn and Reynolds on Instagram. She captioned the shot with a broken heart emoji.

Reba McEntire, who costarred with Reynolds in 1993’s The Man From Left Field, tweeted: “My good friend has started a new journey. Rest in peace my friend. I’ll never forget the wonderful times we spent together. #BurtReynolds.”

“Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes,” Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted. “He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor – check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.”

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“Oh how sad I am today along with Burt’s millions of fans around the world as we mourn one of our favorite leading men,” Dolly Parton said in a statement shared on Twitter. “I know we will always remember his funny laugh, that mischievous sparkle in his eyes, and his quirky sense of humor. You will always be my favorite sheriff, rest in peace my little buddy. I will always love you, Dolly.”

Sylvester Stallone wrote on Instagram: “A sad day, my friend BURT REYNOLDS Has passed away. I remember him back in 1979, he always reminded me that I should’ve cast him as Colonel Trautman in FIRST BLOOD, I said that’s impossible, because you’re too expensive and too famous, and probably tougher than Rambo! He laughed, He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much… RIP.”

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Burt Reynolds, portrait, 1960s. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) Getty Images

“Burt Reynolds was the best, funniest super hero on this planet,” David Hasselhoff tweeted. “He was a friend and I’ll miss him!! Nobody was better than him…dashing, charming and just so lovable!!”

“RIP to another legend,” Josh Gad wrote on Twitter. “Grew up with my parents, my brothers and a worn out VHS copy of Cannon Ball Run, watched Deliverance on my first date with my wife (don’t ask) & revisit Boogie Nights every few months to marvel at his performance. A very great loss.”

“Very sad to hearing about the passing of Burt Reynolds,” Steve Harvey captioned a photo of himself and the Dukes of Hazzard star on Twitter. “He was a great actor, a philanthropist and a pioneer of the cool mustache. Thank you, Burt. You will be missed.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. honored the actor on Twitter as well: “’Stroker Ace was born to race’ Much respect to you Burt Reynolds. RIP.”

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“The world lost a legend today. Not only on screen, but also in life,” Ariel Winter, his costar in The Last Movie Star, wrote on Instagram. “Burt Reynolds was an incredible man to everyone he encountered, and I am deeply grateful that I got to spend time with him in the way that I did. They don’t make them like him anymore— he truly was the last movie star. Burt was a kind, loving soul that could brighten your day with just a smile, and always cared to make sure he asked how your day was going or just cheer you up with a charming compliment. While today is a sad day, Burt lived an incredibly full life and while he’s no longer here physically, he is always in our hearts and minds. Will love and miss you always Burt.”

Sally Field, Reynolds’ ex-girlfriend and Smokey and the Bandit costar, also released a statement to Us.

Reynolds died at age 82 after going into cardiac arrest at a Florida hospital on Thursday, a source told Us. His family was there with him at the time.

The Oscar nominee’s legendary work included DeliveranceSmokey and the BanditBoogie NightsStriptease and The Longest Yard.

He was cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood before his death. Another of his movies, titled Defining Moments, is set to be released in December.

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