World mourns "king of cool" Paul Newman

Sun Sep 28, 2008 4:52pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte and Mike Collett-White

LOS ANGELES/LONDON (Reuters) - Images of U.S. actor Paul Newman, who died late Friday, adorned newspaper front pages around the world on Sunday, his piercing blue eyes vying for attention with the global financial crisis.

Tributes came from as far away as Iran as well as from Hollywood colleagues. Elizabeth Taylor, who co-starred with Newman in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," offered emotional comments.

"I loved that man with all my heart. He was goodness and kindness and pure integrity," she said in a statement. "Knowing him, being his friend, was as golden as the sunset and a privilege I'll never forget."

A Newman spokesman said memorial services for the actor, who died on Friday of cancer at age 83, would be private.

Talking to TV reporters outside the family home in Westport, Connecticut, daughter Lissy Newman encouraged people who wanted to pay tribute to simply show kindness to a friend, donate money to charity or vote in the U.S. elections.

"Just look out for each other. That's really what he was all about," Lissy Newman said. "He was awesome to the end, and he is an awesome guy and his spirit will be with us forever and ever and ever."

Underlining Newman's broad appeal was the global response. Britain's Independent Sunday newspaper featured his photograph across the whole of page one, relegating the latest news of the country's banking woes to the inside pages.

"Paul Newman: Death of King Cool" ran the caption headline in the Sunday Times above a portrait of the heartthrob and philanthropist, who died of cancer aged 83.   Continued...

<p>Paul Newman is all smiles during an appearance on "The Tonight Show," hosted by Jay Leno at NBC Studios in Burbank, California, April 8, 2005. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen</p>