Toni Morrison dies at 88: Barack Obama, Kerry Washington and more stars react

Stars are mourning Toni Morrison's death with touching social media tributes.

Following news that the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winner had died in New York City on Monday, August 5, after a brief fight with an illness at the age of 88, the likes of Tracee Ellis Ross, Gabrielle Union, Shonda Rhimes, Bette Midler, Common and Kerry Washington took to Twitter to honor the impactful writer.

Politicians also shared their thoughts: Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and more also shared heartfelt tributes for Morrison.

See how stars reacted to Toni Morrison's death on social media:

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Toni Morrison 🙏🏾 https://t.co/nVjs88kTeg
"If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it," Toni Mo… https://t.co/zK1YCV3cOJ
Genius has moved on. https://t.co/dJLuQiD9Pe https://t.co/BgsDbgXXcd
“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” Toni Morrison. I cannot imagine growing up in… https://t.co/SBzMc5tE70
“If you look at the world as a brutal game, then you bump into the mystery of the tree-shaped scar. There seems to… https://t.co/ZPBKPy8NHt
Her words were like mirrors to our collective souls. Like pillows to cushion the blows. Like mothers to wrap us in… https://t.co/oOTLxZkAPa
#ToniMorrison has died. Just when we most need to hear her voice, she is gone. Thank you for the insights, the sto… https://t.co/lTt8pO6G4d
Today, the world lost a storyteller of unmatched empathy, elegance and power. Toni Morrison’s belief that language… https://t.co/cF7NJSKBjS
Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her… https://t.co/859oLQ94Ta
"You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down." — Toni Morrison A lesson for each of us. A less… https://t.co/cZJ9NLFNE8
“One wonders why the label “weak” has become the ultimate and unforgivable sin. Is it because we have become a nati… https://t.co/HKqRyyTOuX
"If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else… https://t.co/WO0nOwSzC0
“On the shoulders of giants”. Rest In Peace Toni Morrison 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
#ToniMorrison Rest in Power 👊🏾 https://t.co/fUDnTzSsLu
“Something that is loved is never lost"...encouraging words from the beloved author #ToniMorrison that we can surel… https://t.co/gnbnjSAZph
“She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all t… https://t.co/jfLWFp8MsN
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Toni Morrison.… https://t.co/mzTD1eIIEt
I just assumed Ms. Morrison would live forever. And in so many ways in so many hearts and minds and spirits, she wi… https://t.co/j7IJ5ADkDZ
Toni Morrison. While you have left the physical realm, the many treasures you left us will bear fruit for generatio… https://t.co/Z5SRf9H2c9
In the passing of Toni Morrison, we lost one of our greatest voices & storytellers. Holding close those touched by… https://t.co/y3w8Rd9Zr6
RIP Toni Morrison. This is a devastating loss to the world of words, to our understanding of power and it’s reach,… https://t.co/LxeBz2BhQB
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Holding all t… https://t.co/Uc6gEOO9pu
Toni Morrison was a towering intellect, a brilliant scribe of our nation’s complex stories, a heartbreaking journal… https://t.co/hR6KwEvbEA
Toni Morrison will be remembered as one of the greatest thinkers and storytellers in our history. She gave us all… https://t.co/NILxgKB1MG
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