Stars react to Gwen Ifill's tragic death at age 61

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Veteran newscaster and host of "PBS Newshour" Gwen Ifill passed away on Monday at the age of 61. She had been battling cancer.

Her legendary career garnered her respect from her peers as skilled journalist and prominent woman of color in her field.

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When news broke on Monday, hearts broke around the world and her fellow journalists, newscasters and politicians took to social media to pay their respects to Ifill, many calling her a friend and noting that she deserved every bit of praise that she had earned throughout her award-winning career.

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Stars and journalists react to Gwen Ifill's death
The extraordinarily timed and intelligent Gwen Ifill has passed away from cancer. I will so miss her impeccable character and friendship.
It is with heavy hearts that we share that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill has passed away. https://t.co/9iVlSm1JmZ
Just heartbroken about losing Gwen Ifill. She owned every beat she was on, whether at the @nytimes @NBCNews or @NewsHour or anywhere else
I was so honored to share one of the most memorable evenings of my life with Gwen Ifill at a White House State dinn… https://t.co/gzScy0YQKd
Heartbroken to learn Gwen Ifill has passed away. She was my hero, a woman who deserved all the praise she received. Honest and true
With deep and profound sadness. My friend, -- the @NewsHour anchor @gwenifill has gone on to glory. We will miss her voice, her works & more
We mourn the loss of an outstanding and beloved journalist and friend. Gwen Ifill will be deeply missed.
I'm saddened to learn of the passing of @gwenifill. She was an amazing journalist and will be truly missed.
It is sad to hear that Gwen Ifill has passed away. Gwen was a veteran journalist and had moderated the 2008 Vice... https://t.co/QbSpPfMR1m
I am saddened to learn about the passing of Gwen Ifill—an incredibly talented and respected journalist.
The amazing Gwen Ifill paved the way for so many journalists of color. Her loss leaves a deep hole in our hearts and our newsrooms
.@gwenifill I'm heartbroken and not ready for the past tense with you. Sending all the love in the world to your family and loved ones.
Gwen Ifill was my good friend. I will miss her. May she Rest In Peace. https://t.co/sB7zUIj93d
The @SimmonsCollege community mourns the loss of proud alumna @gwenifill '77, '93HD. She was a powerful leader & ou… https://t.co/mQyHX9w8xO
Very sad new for @PBS fans: Gwen Ifill has died at 61.
This is shocking and incredibly sad. Condolences to her family. God bless your soul, Gwen https://t.co/V2b0ZRUPtS
#Breaking: Longtime journalist of @PBS and @NewsHour Gwen Ifill dies at age 61
Very sad news about Gwen Ifill — her voice will be missed. Condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. https://t.co/WO0ahu9GXH
Tough but fair questions being asked of the powerful in heaven today. RIP to the gracious groundbreaking journalist Gwen Ifill.
“We can’t expect the world to get better by itself. We have to create something we can leave the next generation,” - Gwen Ifill
A devastating day. Now we have to do what @gwenifill would want most - the best reporting and thoughtful journalism we can. Miss you Gwen.
Deeply saddened by this loss of @PBS @Newshour anchor Gwen Ifill, a journalist of the highest caliber https://t.co/rzCOoEps4z
"Change comes from listening, learning, caring and conversation." - Gwen Ifill. RIP to great a human being. https://t.co/xpSHswagKp
Gwen Ifill, RIP. In a league of her own. A wonderful woman and mentor. An incisive and compelling reporter. https://t.co/yZHw6cDcGr
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In addition to working at PBS since 1999, Ifill had also spent time working for the country's most respected news outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post and NBC News.

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390684 05: Gwen Ifill of PBS speaks during a roundtable discussions June 17, 2001 on NBC''s ''Meet the Press'' in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
380983 01: Gwen Ifill of PBS discusses the Campaign 2000 on NBC's ''Meet the Press'' October 29, 2000 in Washington. (Photo by Alex Wong/Newsmakers)
Presenter: Gwen Ifill during 25th Annual NATAS News and Documentary Emmys 2004 Honoring Tom Brokaw at Mariott Marquis Hotel NY in New York, NY, United States. (Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage)
Gwen Ifill (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage for AWRT)
CLEVELAND, United States: Gwen Ifill (C), moderator of the vice-presidential debate, faces US Vice-President Dick Cheney (L) and Democratic vice-presidential candidate John Edwards 05 October, 2004 moments before the start of the candidates' only face-to-face debate in the 2004 White House race at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.The vice-presidential debate is to focus on foreign and domestic policies. AFP PHOTO/Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 20: Gwen Ifill of PBS' 'Washington Week' speaks on NBC's 'Meet the Press' during a taping at the NBC studios March 20, 2005 in Washington, DC. Ifill spoke about various issues, including the reform of the U.S. Social Security system. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Gwen Ifill, PBS Anchor and Dr. Jane Smith during 7th Annual NCNW Uncommon Height Gala at JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC, District of Columbia, United States. (Photo by Louis Myrie/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 12: (L-R) Gwen Ifill, anchor of PBS's 'Washington Week,' speaks as Columnist David Broder of the Washington Post looks on during a taping of NBC's 'Meet the Press' June 12, 2005 at the NBC studios in Washington, DC. Ifill and Broder talked about various topics including Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean's recent controversial remarks on Republicans. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 18: Gwen Ifill of PBS speaks on NBC's 'Meet the Press' during a taping at the NBC studios September 18, 2005 in Washington, DC. Ifill spoke about various topics including the nomination of John G. Roberts to the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Gwen Ifill, moderator of PBS's 'Washington Week,' listens during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC Studios April 15, 2007 in Washington, DC. Ifill spoke on the controversy that was created by radio talk show host Don Imus' racial and gender comments to the players of Rutgers University women's basketball team. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 24: 24: Gwen Ifill, moderator of PBS's 'Washington Week,' speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC Studios June 24, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 18: (AFP OUT) (L-R) Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne speaks as NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd, Ron Brownstein of the National Journal, host of PBS's Washington Week Gwen Ifill and moderator Tim Russert look on during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios November 18, 2007 in Washington, DC. The guests discussed on topics related to the presidential elections of 2008. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 10: David Brody (L), of the Christian Broadcasting Network, David Broder (C), of the Washington Post, Gwen Ifill (2ndR), of PBS's 'Washington Week', and Tim Russert (R) listen to Chuck Todd, of NBC News, speak during a live taping of Meet the Press February 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. The round table group spoke about the 2008 U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for Meet The Press)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 09: PBS?s 'Washington Week' moderator Gwen Ifill speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios March 9, 2008 in Washington, DC. Ifill discussed various topics including the race between Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 27: Gwen Ifill, of PBS's 'Washington Week', speaks during a live taping of 'Meet the Press' April 27, 2008 in Washington, DC. Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, David Broder, of the Washington Post, John Dickerson, of Slate.com, Gwen Ifill, of PBS's 'Washington Week', Andrea Mitchell, of NBC News, and Richard Wolffe, of Newsweek magazine appeared on the show to speak about the upcoming 2008 US presidential elections. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 15: Gwen Ifill arrives for a live taping of Meet the Press at NBC's bureau June 15, 2008 in Washington, DC. This week's Meet the Press show was a tribute to host Tim Russert who died at age 58 of a heart attack last week. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
SLUG: na/rncmonday NEG NUMBER: 203489 DATE: Sept. 1, 2008 CREDIT: Ricky Carioti / TWP St. Paul, Minnesota Gwen Ifill of PBS during the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center on September 1, 2008. (Photo by The Washington Post/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 15: (L-R) MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Gwen Ifill of PBS appear on 'Meet the Press' during a taping in memory of the late moderator Tim Russert June 15, 2008 at the NBC studios in Washington, DC. Russert died June 13, 2008 of a heart attack while at the NBC bureau in Washington at the age of 58. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
'Gwen Ifill of PBC NewsHour reports from the floor of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images)
Moderator Gwen Ifill is assisted to the set in a wheelchair at Washington University in St. Louis for a look at the set October 01, 2008 where Vice-Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin will debate October 02, 2008. Ifill recently took a spill in her home injuring her ankle. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Moderator Gwen Ifill is assisted to the set in a wheelchair at Washington University in St. Louis for a look at the set October 01, 2008 where Vice-Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin will debate October 02, 2008. Ifill recently took a spill in her home injuring her ankle. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Moderator Gwen Ifill is assisted to the set in a wheelchair at Washington University in St. Louis for a look at the set October 01, 2008 where Vice-Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin will debate October 02, 2008. Ifill recently took a spill in her home injuring her ankle. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Journalist Gwen Ifill of PBS public television arrives on crutches prior to the vice presidential debate between Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joseph Biden October 2, 2008 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Ifill, who injured herself in a fall at home, will be moderator for the debate. AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 02: PBS journalist and debate moderator Gwen Ifill speaks to Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the vice presidential debate at the Field House of Washington University's Athletic Complex on October 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The highly anticipated showdown between the two vice-presidential candidates will be their only debate before the election. (Photo by Don Emmert-Pool/Getty Images)
Democrat Joseph Biden and his family greet moderator Gwen Ifill following his vice presidential debate with Republican Sarah Palin October 2, 2008 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Vice presidential nominees Palin and Biden clashed at their crucial vice presidential debate, with the Alaska governor under pressure to quell questions about her knowledge and experience. AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08: Sharon Percy Rockefeller and Gwen Ifill attends salute to Brit Hume at Cafe Milano on January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 17: Gwen Ifill of PBS answers questions about her new book 'The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,' during a talk with John Podesta at the Center for American Progress, February 17, 2009. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MAY 9: PBS's Gwen Ifill arrives at Capitol File's White House Correspondents' Association dinner after party on May 9, 2009 in Washington, DC. This year, the annual dinner featured President Barack Obama and entertainer Wanda Sykes. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 18: Washington Week moderator Gwen Ifill and producer Chris Guraino accept the PBS Peabody Award at the 68th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on May 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON DC-MARCH 28: PBS Anchorwoman Gwen Ifill chats with the faux-press at the 'DC-CAPital Stars Talent Competition and Gala' held at the Kennedy Center. (Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo/For the Washington Post)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Gwen Ifill,correspondent of 'The PBS NewsHour' attends the 2011 Matrix Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 16: Journalist Gwen Ifill speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication co-chaired by the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation on October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage for Tommy Hilfiger)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 23: Gwen Ifill arrives at the 14th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
Washington, DC - March, 14: Journalist Gwen Ifill and Wendell Pierce arrive for tonight's State dinner for the Prime Minister of Great Britain at the White House on March, 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: PBS journalist Gwen Ifill arrives on the red carpet at the Mark Twain Prize for Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on October 20, 2011. Behind her, comedian Tim Meadows. This year's honor goes to comedian Will Ferrell. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: (L-R) Raney Aronson, Series Senior Producer, Maria Hinojosa, Need to Know, Gwen Ifill, Washington Week, PBS NewsHour, and Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour speak onstage at the 'PBS Election Coverage' panel during day 2 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Gwen Ifill, Washington Week, PBS NewsHour speaks onstage at the 'PBS Election Coverage' panel during day 2 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Gwen Ifill attends An Evening with Berry Gordy at the Art Institute Of Chicago on November 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON DC DECEMBER 14: Actor Rob James-Collier with Gwen Ifill of PBS gather with a portion of the cast of 'Downton Abbey' attending a reception in their honor for the upcoming 3rd season of their successful PBS TV show at the British Ambassador's Residence in Washington DC, December 14, 2012 .(Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Gwen Ifill, Moderator and Managing Editor 'Washington Week' appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Journalist Gwen Ifill (L) and Managing Editor at PBS NewsHour Judy Woodruff speak onstage at the International Women's Media Foundation's 2013 Courage In Journalism And Lifetime Achievement Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for International Women's Media Foundation)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 30: Sir Elton John is interviewed by Gwen Ifill at The Rockefeller Foundation 2013 'Celebration Of American Philanthropy' event at American Red Cross on October 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) David Ignatius, Columnist, Washington Post, left, and Gwen Ifill, Co-Anchor, PBS NewsHour, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, August 24, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) David Axelrod, NBC News Senior Political Analyst, left, and Gwen Ifill, Co-Anchor, PBS NewsHour, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Journalist Gwen Ifill attends The 100 LIVES initiative, to express gratitude to the individuals and institutions whose heroic actions saved Armenian lives during the Genocide 100 years ago, on March 10, 2015 in New York City. The program, led by Ruben Vardanyan, Vartan Gregorian and Noubar Afeyan, establishes the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity as a means to empower modern-day saviors. During the event, the group reiterated the need to combat genocide and advance human rights efforts. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for 100 LIVES)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Journalist and honoree Gwen Ifill attends The Women's Media Center 2015 Women's Media Awards on November 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for The Women's Media Center)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Journalist Gwen Ifill accepts a Lifetime Achievement award onstage at The Women's Media Center 2015 Women's Media Awards on November 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for The Women's Media Center)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 28: (L-R) Co-anchor/managing editor of PBS NewsHour Gwen Ifill and co-anchor/managing editor of PBS NewsHour Judy Woodruff speak onstage via Skype during the 'PBS NewsHour' panel discussion at the PBS portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Gwen Ifill, co-managing editor of PBS NewsHour, speaks during a Bloomberg Politics interview on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Division among Democrats has been overcome through speeches from two presidents, another first lady and a vice-president, who raised the stakes for their candidate by warning that her opponent posed an unprecedented threat to American diplomacy. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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