by Michael dEstries
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Paul Newman has passed away at age 83. He died of cancer Friday at his home in Westport, Connecticut, said spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic.

This is terribly sad news — as Newman was not only well-known for his legendary roles in Hollywood, but also for his incredible devotion and giving to charity and the arts. He was a constant presence here on Ecorazzi and the absolute benchmark for philanthropy in business. Here’s a brief excerpt from a statement released by his Newman’s Own Foundation this morning,

What started as something of a joke in the basement of his home, turned into a highly-respected, multi-million dollar a year food company. And true to form, he shared this good fortune by donating all the profits and royalties he earned to thousands of charities around the world, a total which now exceeds $250 million.

“While his philanthropic interests and donations were wide-ranging, he was especially committed to the thousands of children with life-threatening conditions served by the Hole in the Wall Camps, which he helped start over 20 years ago. He saw the Camps as places where kids could escape the fear, pain and isolation of their conditions, kick back, and raise a little hell. Today, there are 11 Camps around the world, with additional programs in Africa and Vietnam. Through the Camps, well over 135,000 children have had the chance to experience what childhood was meant to be.

Back in June, we reported that Newman had transferred over his entire stake in Newman’s Own — the popular salad dressing and foodstuffs company — to his charitable Newman’s Own Foundation. The value of this extraordinary gift was said to be almost $120 million. Incredible.

So, we wish Newman’s family the best during this difficult time. To the man himself, we simply say thank you. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for entertaining and bringing smiles to audiences everywhere. And thank you for a life so well lived.

“I wanted to acknowledge luck; the chance and benevolence of it in my life, and the brutality of it in the lives of others, who might not be allowed the good fortune of a lifetime to correct it.”– Paul Newman

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • erin

    I am honored yet saddened to be the first to post on this thread. I couldn’t even put into words what an incredible man Mr. Newman was. My family knew him well and I will cherish the photos and memories they have of him… with his never ending sense of humor. My cat is 16.5 years old and still eats his organic cat food.

    May his soul rest in peace.


  • stephanie williams

    this is very sad news. one of the few celebrities i think that truly cared and made a difference.

  • michael

    I’ll be hitting Netflix for some Newman movies tonight. RIP. A toast of wine tonight in your honor!

  • Brianne

    That’s so sad. I loved hearing about what he did with his life, he was such an amazing person. I hope what he started will continue, his legacy should live on.

  • Sibi

    So sad to hear this. I knew he was sick but I seriously didn’t think he’d pass away anytime soon.
    The world’s lost a great person and one of the finest actors. RIP Paul :(

  • jamie lynn

    paul newman was one of my heroes (the list of which are few). he was a person that you could truly look up to, one that set an example for the rest of us to aspire to. he died leaving a legacy far greater than most of us who take up space here on earth. i think he will rest well knowing that.

  • the english guy

    A legend has passed. Many condolences to his family.

  • Kathleen Burke

    What a wonderful, talented and giving individual. Paul leaves so much and so sad we had to lose him this soon. His gift to humanity will be remembered and he will be missed. He was a gifted and wonderful actor. As a CT person, I feel I knew him as I watched his career and gifts for many years. Prayers to his lovely family.

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  • ella seneres

    My first crush. I had a huge Paul Newman poster that covered one wall, B/W with those blue eyes. Yea I loved his movies, but it was his activism that really made him shine. One of his last statements in June 2007 was ” I am proud now to stand with a new generation of Democrats against a president who poses what I believe to be the biggest internal threat to american democracy in my lifetime. It made me smile when he said his highest honor he ever received was to be on Nixon’s enemies list; “It was one of my lifes proudest achievements. More than the films, more than the awards, finding out that I was on Nixon’s enemies list meant that I was doing something right.
    Deeply saddened to lose such a honorable and giving comrade. He truly cared in a world full of apathy.
    Rest in Peace you dear gentleman

  • movie fan

    it’s hard not to admire Paul Newman for putting his money to work in such productive ways, such as his Newman’s Own line–high quality stuff and the proceeds go to good causes… very smart.

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