Stone, Penn mourn Chavez's death

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.”



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