BOB HOPE REMEMBERED

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Legendary comedian Bob Hope died over the weekend due to complications from pneumonia. He was 100 years old. Hope’s career spanned for over 70 years.

Saddened by the death of “America’s beloved court jester,” many celebrities, as well as the President, are expressing their feelings and sharing their memories of Hope.

“Today America lost a great citizen,” said President Bush. “We mourn the passing of Bob Hope. Bob Hope made us laugh. He lifted our spirits.”

Also mourning the loss of Hope is former first lady Nancy Reagan, who described him as “one of our dearest friends for over 60 years – losing him is like losing a member of the family.”

Woody Allen, who has previously said that Hope’s comedy influenced his own work said, “It’s hard for me to imagine a world without Bob Hope in it. He’s like an organic part of the world.”

Linda Hope, Bob’s daughter relayed Hope’s last moments to reporters, saying: “You could not have asked for a more peaceful … death. I can’t tell you how beautiful and serene and peaceful it was. The fact that there was a little audience around, even though it was family, warmed dad’s heart.”

“He left us with a smile on his face and no really last words. He gave us each a kiss and that was it,” Linda Hope added.

There will be a public memorial service for Bob Hope on August 27, although the burial will remain private.

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