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Hollywood and Washington Remember Fred Thompson

”We spent many memorable times together. He was a true Patriot,“ country musician and ”Celebrity Apprentice“ winner John Rich says

Fred Thompson, who crisscrossed the worlds of politics and entertainment, died Sunday at age 73.

The former United States senator, actor and presidential candidate succumbed to lymphoma in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thompson, a Tennessee Republican and former Watergate investigator, served nine years in the Senate and ran for president in 2008.

During his acting career, he appeared in a number of movies and commercials, and had a regular role on the hit NBC series “Law & Order.”

As news of Thompson’s death spread, his friends, fellow politicians and members of the entertainment community took to social media to remember the man they described as a “true Tennessee gentleman” who would always “light up the room.”

Country music musician and “Celebrity Apprentice” winner John Rich called Thompson a “true patriot,” while Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, said working with Thompson was “always a joy.”

Below is a sampling of tributes.