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Stars around the world pay tribute to comedy great Fred Willard

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Fred Willard, actor and comedian known for his appearances on Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond, and in Christopher Guest's many mockumentaries, has passed away of natural causes. He was 86.

Willard's daughter Hope said he passed "very peacefully … He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever." 

Willard got his start in sketch comedy on the stage, going on to appear in hundreds of films and TV shows in a career spanning more than 50 years.

He collaborated extensively with Guest, and is perhaps best known for his work in the mockumentaries This Is Spinal TapWaiting for GuffmanBest in Show, and A Mighty Wind, among others.

 Stars from around the world paid tribute to the late actor:

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