LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) —
Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone and actor Sean Penn are mourning the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a man they call a "great hero" and "friend."
Chavez died of cancer Tuesday. He was 58.
"Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion," Penn said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday. "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."
"South of the Border" writer-director Stone also issued a statement to the entertainment industry trade newspaper.
”I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place," Stone said. "Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history. My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned.”