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Paul Newman, legend

His fans knew he was ill, but still the death of actor Paul Newman on Friday came as a surprise.

Somehow, the actor had created one of the greatest illusions: that he would always be here, whether it was as the blue-eyed golden boy or the curmudgeonly old townie, the race car driver or salad dressing philanthropist.

The Web site of his company is being overrun by well-wishers and YouTube is humming with tribute videos.

Newman left a library of wonderful performances on film, but perhaps his most lasting legacy was in a life well-lived. A star for more than 50 years, he never let his celebrity overrun his integrity. He was serious about his work, his racing and his family, but rarely about himself.

Somehow, the world now feels less rich, and it has nothing to do with Wall Street.

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