Ruth Bader Ginsburg death: Chris Evans and Kerry Washington lead Hollywood tributes to RBG

Mindy Kaling and Mariah Carey were also among those voicing admiration for the late Supreme Court Justice

Louis Chilton
Saturday 19 September 2020 09:13
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Joe Biden reacts to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Tributes have poured in from actors, celebrities and other public figures following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the age of 87.

The US Supreme Court Justice had battled a number of health problems before dying on Friday (18 September), from complications stemming from metastatic pancreatic cancer.

The widely revered jurist’s granddaughter released a statement revealing that her dying wish was that she not be replaced until after the US presidential election, which is due to be held this Novemeber.

People gather to mourn the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in front of the Supreme Court

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” she said.

Among those paying tribute to Ginsburg - who was often referred to as RBG (or, humorously, as The Notorious RBG) - was bestselling music artist Mariah Carey.

“Thank you for a lifetime of service. Thank you for changing history. We will never let it be undone. RIP RBG,” wrote Carey on Twitter.

Alongside a picture of Ginsburg and a blue heart emoji, Avengers star Chris Evans wrote: “One of one.”

His Marvel co-star Mark Ruffalo wrote: “Okay, today we mourn a Lioness Of Light and Righteousness, tomorrow we fight like RBG did for us every single day.

“She would have it no other way. Rest In Power Justice RGB! We will prevail on your behalf.”

Mark Hamill, best known as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, described Ginsburg’s death as a “gut-wrenching loss”

“Could 2020 be any more brutal and cruel?” he added. “#RIPRuthBaderGinsburg.”

Comedian and actor Sarah Silverman wrote: “RIP RBG. Gutted. Sad. Grateful for all she did. And very very scared.”

Little Fires Everywhere star Kerry Washington wrote: “Her rest is earned. It is our turn to fight.”

Stand By Me filmmaker Rob Reiner wrote: “Today couldn’t be sadder. A brilliant Jurist, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone. We must fight not to allow an Impeached Criminal to take her seat.”

Former Star Trek actor George Takai wrote: “Let's fight for RBG like she fought for us.”

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the kind of scholar and patriot you get excited about explaining to your kids,” wrote actor and writer Mindy Kaling

“The kind of person who you say ‘who knows, one day you could be HER’. I hope you rest well, RBG, you must have been tired from changing the world.”

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