Sir Paul McCartney said he and his wife Nancy Shevell were saddened by the death of their “dear” cousin, the “amazing” journalist Barbara Walters.
Former The View co-host Walters, who became a TV news superstar during a remarkable, varied and long career, has died at the age of 93.
The death was announced on Friday night by her broadcaster ABC.
“Barbara Walters passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones,” publicist Cindi Berger said in a statement to the Associated Press.
“She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not just for women journalists, but for all women.”
During nearly four decades at ABC and before that at NBC, Ms. Walters has had exclusive interviews with rulers, royalty and entertainers including former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, recent US Presidents including Donald Trump and Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Duke of Edinburgh and his son Prince Charles before he became king.
Former Beatles singer Sir Paul, 80, told his followers on Instagram on Saturday: “Nancy and I are so saddened by the news of the death of your dear cousin Barbara Walters.
“The two enjoyed a deep loving relationship over many years and I was proud to share some of those special moments.
“Barbara was an amazing woman who thrived in the early days of male-dominated television and later became a global celebrity known for her many insightful interviews with stars from all walks of life.
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“We will miss her but will always think of her with great affection.”
The father of five has been married to American Shevell since 2011.
Walter’s “strong legacy” and “real warmth” have been remembered by other celebrities.
Actress Reece Witherspoon – the star of Big Little Lies, The Morning Show and Legally Blonde – wrote on Twitter: “Barbara Walters always exuded intelligence and grace in every encounter.
“Your curiosity and friendliness were evident in every interview. Every time I’ve been interviewed by her, I’ve felt her genuine warmth.”
Dreamgirls actress and singer Jennifer Hudson also told fans on Twitter that Walters is a “true trailblazer and icon.”
The holder of EGOT status, meaning she has all four major entertainment awards; an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony, adding: “She has lived a fulfilling life and leaves such a strong legacy. Rest in peace, Barbara Walters.”
Australian actor and musical star Hugh Jackman, best known for his breakthrough role as superhero Wolverine in the X-Men film franchise, said he and his wife – actress and producer Deborra-Lee Furness – are both “sad” at the news .
He added: “She was a trailblazer (sp), hilarious, generous, outspoken and a good friend.
“She also gave some of the most memorable dinner parties we’ve ever been to. Get ready heaven, Barbara is coming to spice things up.”
American talk show host Oprah Winfrey also wrote on Instagram: “Without Barbara Walters, there would not have been me – nor any other woman you see on the evening, morning and daytime news.
“She was indeed a trailblazer. I have my very first TV audition in mind with her all the time.
“Grateful that she was such a strong and kind role model.
“Grateful to have known her.
“Grateful to have followed in her light.”
“Walters was an American institution,” wrote Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter on Twitter.
She added: “As the first female national news anchor, she opened the door to endless opportunities for so many girls who wanted to work in television, myself included.
“Their impact cannot be overestimated. i will miss you barbara Thank you for everything.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/sir-paul-mccartney-says-wife-is-saddened-by-death-of-her-cousin-barbara-walters-42254969.html Sir Paul McCartney says his wife is saddened by the death of her cousin Barbara Walters