Gore Vidal passed away on Wednesday at the age of 86.

The legendary author, playwright and political activist died of complications from pneumonia. He was at his home in Los Angeles.

His storied writing career included one of the first American novels to feature homosexuality unambiguously. He was known for his outspokenness and railing against the establishment.

News of his passing prompted some members of the media to tweet their favorite Vidal quotes. Below, see the press reacted to his death.

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  • Edmund Lee

  • Jake Tapper

  • Luke Russert

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  • Catherine Rampell

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  • Whoopi Goldberg