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Celebrity tributes poured in on various social media platforms as soon as news of Sir Richard Attenborough's demise got out.
A look at some of the earliest Twitter condolences that poured in...
British actor-comedian Ricky Gervais
'RIP Richard Attenborough. One of the true greats of the silver screen.'
American actress-activist Mia Farrow
'Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you'
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'A wonderful human being and a great director'
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'Had the honour of meeting Sir Richard Attenborough during the casting of GANDHI. He was a wonderful human being & a Great director. RIP'
British Prime Minister David Cameron
'His acting in "Brighton Rock" was brilliant, his directing of "Gandhi" was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema.'
'You were the best Santa ever'
Sir Roger Moore
'Greatly saddened to hear the great Richard Attenborough has left us. Such a wonderful and talented man.'
American actor Dylan McDermott
'Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U were the best Santa ever. #miracleon34thstreet.'
English comedian-actor-writer Stephen Fry
'Sad to hear of Dickie Attenborogh. Family secret - he was Richard and David Dave. True story. He did so so much in so many arenas.