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Harper Lee dead: Celebrities react to the 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author's passing

"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee died on Feb. 19, 2016. She was 89 years old.

Celebrities, politicians, writers and others expressed sadness over the passing of the acclaimed author.

Piers Morgan called the 1960 book "one of the greatest books ever written." Katie Couric called it "a gift to us all."

Scroll through to see how celebrities are honoring and mourning the beloved author.

Reese Witherspoon

The actress wrote on Twitter:
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The actress wrote on Twitter: "She revealed it all...the glory and the fear and the hate and the beauty. May she rest in peace. #HarperLee"

Katie Couric

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"So sorry to hear about Harper Lee's passing. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' was a gift to us all," Katie Couric tweeted.

Sophia Bush

Actress Sophia Bush wrote on Instagram:
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Actress Sophia Bush wrote on Instagram: "RIP Harper Lee. Thank you, thank you, thank you. #HarperLee #ToKillAMockingbird"

Tim Cook

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"Rest in peace, Harper Lee. 'The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience,'" Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Twitter.

Ava DuVernay

The filmmaker quoted from
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The filmmaker quoted from "To Kill a Mockingbird" on Twitter: "'You never really understand a person... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.' Thank you, #HarperLee."

E.L. James

The
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The "50 Shades of Grey" author tweeted: "RIP Harper Lee."

Joe Scarborough

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"It is hard to overstate the impact of Harper Lee. I thank you as a reader, as a Southerner, and as an American," the MSNBC host said on Twitter.

Susan Orlean

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The "Orchid Thief" author and New Yorker staff writer tweeted: "RIP Harper Lee and thank you."

Piers Morgan

Journalist Piers Morgan tweeted:
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Journalist Piers Morgan tweeted: "RIP Harper Lee, 89. Author of one of the greatest books ever written. #ToKillAMockingBird"

Chirlane McCray

First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray
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First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray said on Twitter: "Mourning the loss of Harper Lee who stirred the minds & hearts of America with "To Kill A Mockingbird"."

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