dictator President Hugo Chávez died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. While many hailed the death of the brutal socialist leader, at least five famous people in America are actually mourning his death.
1. Sean Penn
“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 told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I lost a friend I was blessed to have.”
2. Oliver Stone
”I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place,” Stone told THR.
“My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned.”
3. Michael Moore
Hugo Chavez declared the oil belonged 2 the ppl. He used the oil $ 2 eliminate 75% of extreme poverty, provide free health & education 4 all— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 6, 2013
That made him dangerous. US approved of a coup to overthrow him even though he was a democratically-elected President.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 6, 2013
You won't hear much nice about him in the US media in the next few days. So, I thought I'd say a couple things to provide some balance.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 6, 2013
4. President Jimmy Carter
“We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized,” President Jimmy Carter said in public statement Tuesday.
“President Chávez will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment. “
5. Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.)
“His focus on the issues faced by the poor and disenfranchised in his country made him a truly revolutionary leader in the history of Latin America,” Serrano said in a public statement. “He understood that after 400 years on the outside of the established power structure looking in, it was time that the poor had a chance at seeing their problems and issues addressed.
“At his core he was a man who came from very little and used his unique talents and gifts to try to lift up the people and the communities that reflected his impoverished roots. He understood democracy and basic human desires for a dignified life.”
Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless.R.I.P. Mr. President.— Jose E. Serrano (@RepJoseSerrano) March 5, 2013
BONUS: The Associated Press
The AP isn’t technically a person. But we couldn’t ignore this glowing AP obituary for Chavez. Some gems:
“President Hugo Chavez was a former paratroop commander and self-styled ‘subversive’ who waged continual battle for his socialist ideals. He bedeviled the United States and outsmarted his rivals time and again, while using Venezuela’s vast oil wealth to his political advantage.”
“Chavez was a fine baseball player and hoped he might one day pitch in the U.S. major leagues.”
“He told the AP in 2007 that he loved the movie ‘Gladiator.'”