Dunkirk Vet, 97, Breaks Down in Tears After Watching Movie: ‘I Never Thought I Would See That Again’

A 97-year-old vet who survived the battle of Dunkirk spoke through tears after watching the premiere of the new Christopher Nolan movie.

Ken Sturdy, a native of Wales who currently lives in Calgary, Canada, donned a suit jacket adorned with medals when he headed to Calgary’s Westhills Cinemas on Friday to watch the World War II drama that he lived through nearly 80 years ago.

“I never thought I would see that again,” Sturdy told Canada’s Global News. “It was just like I was there again.”

The film tells the story of the historic battle that took place between Nazi Germany and the Allied forces. The nine-day battle saw the evacuation of British and Allied forces from the beaches of the namesake French town as the Nazis continued their advance on the opposing forces. In the end, 338,226 men escaped, but thousands also perished.

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Sturdy was just 20 when he worked with the Royal Navy to help stranded soldiers surrounded by the advancing German army.

“I was in those little boats picking them out of the water,” he told Global News. “I had the privilege of seeing that film tonight but I’m saddened by it because of what happened on that beach.”

Thousands of soldiers died or were captured during the battle, and Sturdy said the film took him back to those harrowing days.

“Watching the movie, I could see my old friends again and a lot of them died in the war,” Sturdy said. “I went on convoys after that in the North Atlantic. I had lost so many of my buddies.”

“Don’t just go to the movie for entertainment,” he continued, his eyes filling with tears. “Think about it. And when you become adults, keep thinking.

“Tonight I cried because it’s never the end,” he said. “It won’t happen. We the human species are so intelligent and we do such astonishing things. We can fly to the moon but we still do stupid things.”

10 People Dead After Cops Found Dozens Inside Semi Truck Parked Outside Texas Walmart

Police found eight people dead and 30 others suffering from injuries inside a semi truck’s trailer in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, early Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Two more people later died in a hospital.

In what officials are describing as a possible human trafficking crime, authorities said a Walmart employee called the police after a person who appeared to be distressed asked for water, KENS5 reported. The person also reportedly told the employee that there were people inside a trailer who needed help.

When police arrived on the scene around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, they searched the trailer and found people with varying injuries. Firefighters, at least 29 fire units and two AirLIFE choppers responded to the scene, KENS5 reported. The driver has reportedly been detained.

Police said 17 victims were taken to University Hospital and San Antonio Military Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Those with non-life threatening injuries were taken to five other area hospitals, KENS5 reported.

Eight victims were pronounced dead at the scene and officials said all of those found dead are believed to have died as a result of heat exposure/asphyxiation, KENS5 reported.

The four youngest victims range in age from 10 to 17-years-old. At least one of them is in serious condition.

A U.S. official says the death toll from people found in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart has risen to 10.

Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told The Associated Press that two people later died in a hospital. Homan also said that there may have been up to 100 people in the truck.

Authorities believe this was a smuggling attempt and San Antonio police say that U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement agents were also called to the scene, KENS5 reported.

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The driver of the truck was arrested and could face federal and state charges, ABC News reports.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said they are still investigating where the truck came from. A surveillance video shows a number of vehicles entering the parking lot to pick “up lots of folks that were in that trailer that survived the trip,” McManus told ABC News.

“We’re looking at a human trafficking crime here,” McManus said.

The truck reportedly had no working air-conditioning, and temperatures topped 100-degrees Fahrenheit, ABC News reported.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said that after the trailer was discovered, a “mass casualty incident” was called. Hood also said that some of those with injuries related to heat stroke may result in brain damage, CNN reported.

“With heat strokes or heat injuries, a lot of them are going to have some irreversible brain damage,” Hood said.

The San Antonio Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.

 

 

Corinne Olympios Hits the Pool in a Bikini After Confirming She’ll Return for Bachelor in Paradise Reunion

Corinne Olympios was spotted out in her Miami hometown on Saturday, soaking up some sun in a bikini with a tiny pink top and white bottoms.

The 25-year-old reality star went makeup free during the pool session while sporting a Miami Heat hat.

The relaxing outing comes just days after Olympios confirmed that she will return for the Bachelor in Paradise reunion special that will be televised later this summer.

“I am very happy to be appearing on the Bachelor in Paradise special,” Olympios said.

The announcement followed a tumultuous time for the star, as she found herself at the center of a media storm after a sexual encounter between her and fellow BiP castmate DeMario Jackson resulted in officials briefly halting filming on the show’s fourth season.

Days after production was shut down by Warner Bros. to investigate the “misconduct” and all of the contestants were sent home, Olympios and Jackson both retained legal counsel and released statements.

“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4,”  Olympios said in a statement to PEOPLE.

“Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production.”

Ten days after announcing that production had been halted, Warner Bros. addressed the controversy, announcing that the investigation into the situation was complete and concluding that there was no evidence of misconduct.

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However, Olympios’ legal team launched a separate investigation, which they completed shortly after Warner Bros’ investigation. According to Olympios, she was satisfied with how her lawyers completed their investigation and with the changes that producers were implementing on the sets of the popular Bachelor spin-off.

Although Olympios was invited to return to Bachelor in Paradise this summer for regular episodes, she declined the offer. “I respectfully made the decision not to return,” she said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE at the end of June. Jackson also turned down an offer to return to the show to continue filming as a castmember.

Earlier this month, Jackson revealed that he will be returning for the BiP and Bachelorette: Men Tell All reunion shows.

Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise will kick off its two-night premiere on Monday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m., and continue on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m., both on ABC.

Scott Disick Cozies Up to a Mystery Woman During Party-filled Day in Vegas

Another day, another Las Vegas visit for Scott Disick.

The self-proclaimed Lord headed to Sin City on Saturday for some fun in the sun, dinner and a show. Of course, he capped off his Vegas visit with a little nightclub mingling at his go-to spot, 1 OAK.

After entering the nightclub just after midnight, Disick headed directly to his usual table behind the DJ booth, per usual — the table has become a home away from home for Disick as evidenced by a permanent pillow in the booth that his name embroidered on it.

There, Disick sipped vodka and Bud Light and hammed it up with friends, including 1 OAK owner Eli Pacino. He was also seen chatting with the many women at the table as DJ Que manned the turntables. Disick paid particular attention to one of the women, continuously going back to speak to her — they appeared to briefly kiss at one point. (Disick was most recently linked to actress Bella Thorne, although she denied that she was ever with him “sexually” in a recent interview.)

Prior to heading to his hosting gig at the club, the father of three noshed at Stack restaurant and checked out the wildly popular Absinthe show with his crew. He even posted a photo from the show.

He captioned the snap simply, “Mood.”

Disick’s Vegas excursion began earlier in the day when he hosted a pool party at Aria’s Liquid. After arriving around 3 pm, the reality TV star was greeted to the staff holding up oversized cards that spelled out his Instagram handle, @letthelordbewithyou. After a brief stop at a private table adjacent to the deejay booth, Disick headed to a VIP area where he sipped beer out of a clear cup.

Surrounded by a small group of friends — including the object of his affection from the nightclub — Disick listened as Kid Conrad deejayed the day. Seemingly in a great mood, he spent several minutes taking selfies with fans. At one point he felt generous and bought a bottle of champagne for two of the girls in his VIP cabana that overlooked the pool.

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Disick finally left the pool party around 5 pm as temperatures rose to about 105 degrees.

The Vegas visits are nothing new to Disick, as he’s been consistently partying in the city for several years. During some of hosting gigs, he’s been visibly drunk. During other hosting gigs, he’s seemed very alert, as was the case on Saturday.

A source previously told PEOPLE, though, that he always gets his act together when he’s around his family.

“He’s definitely a bit out of it, no question,” the Disick source said. “He’s partying hard, but he is still good with the kids. He will stay sober when he is around them.”

Prince William Says He Felt Princess Diana’s Presence at His Wedding: I ‘Felt She Was There for Me’

The world may have lost Princess Diana nearly 20 years ago, but Prince William says his late mother was with him on one of the biggest days of his life: the day he wed Princess Kate.

William, 35, speaks candidly about his late mother in the upcoming ITV and HBO  documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, in which he reveals he felt Diana’s presence during the 2011 wedding.

“When it came to the wedding, I did really feel that she was there,” he says. “You know, there was times when you look to someone or something for strength and I very much felt she was there for me.”

Along with William, 32-year-old Prince Harry opens up about his late mother in the special which airs ahead of the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a Paris car crash. The royals have expressed how difficult it is to talk about the death, and William has even vowed, “We won’t speak as openly and as publicly about her again.”

“It’s one thing doing a documentary like this and it’s another thing standing front of all of you guys and explaining about something very personal to you,” he said during a recent discussion with reporters — including PEOPLE — at Kensington Palace.

“Nevertheless, I think it’s very important that I’m here to do that.”

The princes, who were 15 and 12 respectively when Diana died, also expressed their regret over their last conversations with their mother.

“If I’d known that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother the things that I would – the things I would have said to her,” Harry says in the documentary. The brothers last spoke to Diana in a telephone call while they stayed in Balmoral with their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and father Prince Charles.

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will air Monday, August 31, at  10 p.m. on HBO in the U.S. and 9 p.m. in the U.K. on ITV.

The show is one of several commemorations of the Princess in print and on film. PEOPLE and ABC have partnered in a two-night television event The Story of Diana, airing on Aug. 9 and 10 at 9 p.m. ET.

‘My People:’ Selena Gomez Celebrates 25th Birthday in Intimate Party with Friends

What better way to ring in your 25th year than with the people you love most?

Selena Gomez celebrated her milestone birthday in an intimate, low-key party with friends over the weekend, in a soirée with balloons, a sweet cake, and a few pals.

“Thank you for all of my bday love. I couldn’t be more blessed,” the “Bad Liar” singer captioned an Instagram photo of herself perched on a kitchen counter in a pair of sweats.

“A lot of you don’t realize how much you mean to me. I. Love. You. –think 25 is going to be epic. xo.”

In another photo, Gomez showed her friends with their phones out and ready to snap photos as the singer looked down at her birthday cake. She captioned the picture simply: “My people.”

Gomez’s boyfriend the Weeknd did not appear to be at the party as he is currently on tour in Paris.

Gomez’s big day was on Saturday, as fans rushed to the star’s social media to wish her a happy birthday, Gomez headed to Twitter with a message of her own:

Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes! Asked my family and friends to make a donation -if you want to join: https://t.co/KONFIgjfRc

— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) July 22, 2017

“Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes!” she wrote alongside a link to the Alliance for Lupus Research. “Asked my family and friends to make a donation – if you want to join.”

Although Gomez’s best gal pal, Taylor Swift, stayed silent on social media on Saturday, the “Bad Blood” singer sent an early birthday shout out to Gomez earlier this month.

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“Sultry pop magic from this dreamy almost-birthday-girl,” Swift captioned a July 13 photo of Gomez’s cover for her single “Fetish.”

The year has been a big one for Gomez, who recently made her Coach modeling debut, executive produced the hit Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, returned to the spotlight with a moving speech at the American Music Awards and found love with singer The Weeknd.

Andy Roddick Reveals Wife Brooklyn Decker Is Pregnant with Their Second Child — a Girl

Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick‘s family will soon be set for a game of doubles.

Roddick revealed that his wife Decker, 30, is pregnant with their second child — a daughter — when he gave an acceptance speech at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2017 ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island, on Saturday.

“My wife Brooklyn, most people don’t know you’re kind of nuts,” the 34-year-old said. “You’re my partner in crime. In a life full of good fortune, being around you has been by far the luckiest part. I’m a better human for us having met 10 years ago.

“Brooke, I don’t know how you juggle it all,” he continued. “I see it every day and it still doesn’t make any sense to me. You’re an unreal artist, businesswoman, mother, wife, sister and friend. You hear a lot of guys who find it very tough to walk away from professional sports. You’re the reason why my personal transition into a quasi-normal, everyday life has been gratifying and full. Hank will someday realize how lucky he is. Our daughter that’s coming will also realize she has the best mother on earth. Simply, thank you for being you.”

The retired tennis star and model-actress are already parents to son Hank, who will turn 2 in September.

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Roddick also gave a shout-out to pregnant tennis legend Serena Williams, saying that he “can’t wait” to see her become a mother.

“I can’t wait to watch them play in the Wimbledon final in 2030,” he joked.

This $18 Popcorn Popper Will Make Your Movie Night

This article originally appeared on Real Simple.

What would movie night be without a big bowl of popcorn? It should be a guilt-free choice, but once you add popping oil and butter, the calories can really start to add up. Thankfully, this $18 silicone bowl is your key to a quick and healthy movie night snack.

We first tried the Chef’n PopTop Microwave Popcorn Popper a couple of years ago while doing research for our weekly column, 6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life. Since then, it’s become one of the most popular items we’ve ever featured. And for good reason: It makes snacking healthier so simple.

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All you have to do is toss kernels (we recommend Tiny But Mighty’s heirloom ones) into the heat-resistant (and BPA-free) bowl. Then fold in the flaps at the top and stick it in the microwave. Stand back and watch the flaps unfold as the kernels burst. In a little over two minutes, you’ll have 10 cups of fluffy popcorn—with no burnt kernels! Pull it out of the microwave using the convenient tabs at the top. Silicone doesn’t conduct heat, so you don’t even need to wait for it to cool down.

Transfer your popped corn into another bowl or eat it right from the tub (Score! Less dishes!) If you still want to add some butter, oil, or other yummy toppings? Go right ahead. Clean up is just as easy—just toss the whole bowl in the dishwasher once you’ve snacked to your heart’s content.

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It’s worth mentioning that sometimes a few rogue kernels escape out the top. Since they’re not cooked in oil, though, they’ll leave no greasy residue on the inside of your microwave. Just pick them up and throw them in the trash.

And, perhaps the ultimate bonus, this handy kitchen tool pays for itself in only a few uses. Kernels are much cheaper than microwave bags.

To buy: Chef’n PopTop Microwave Popcorn Popper, $18; amazon.com.

This article originally appeared on Realsimple.com

The Funny, Sweet Reason Prince William Says Diana Would Have Been ‘an Absolute Nightmare’ as a Grandma

The memory of “Granny Diana” is still a big part of daily life in Prince William‘s household.

In a new documentary about Princess Diana, William is opening up how he talks to his children — Prince George, who turned 4 on Saturday, and Princess Charlotte, 2 — about the grandmother that they never got to meet.

In Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, which airs on ITV on Monday, William says he is “constantly talking about Granny Diana.”

“We’ve got more photos up round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff,” he adds.

“It’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that — that level of detail,” he says. “So, I do regularly putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives, and so it’s important that they know who she was and that she existed.”

However William jokingly admits that Diana would have perhaps taken to being a grandmother a little too well.

“She’d be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare,” he joked. “She’d love the children to bits, but she’d be an absolute nightmare. She’d come and go and she’d come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place and — and then leave.”

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William also opened up about how growing up with a hands-on mother like Diana has shaped his own parenting style.

“I want to make as much time and effort with Charlotte and George as I can because I realize that these early years particularly are crucial for children,  and  having seen, you know, what she did for us.”

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will air Monday at 9 p.m. in the U.K. on ITV.

The show is one of several commemorations of the Princess in print and on film. PEOPLE and ABC have partnered in a two-night television event The Story of Diana, airing on Aug. 9 and 10 at 9 p.m. ET.

Friend Reveals the Queen’s Secret ‘Sad Discussion’ About Diana’s Stress During Marriage Woes: ‘She Was So Worried’

A friend of Princess Diana‘s  revealed in a new documentary that Queen Elizabeth was concerned about her wellbeing as reports of her sadness began to circulate during the dissolution of her marriage to Prince Charles.

In an interview for ITV’s Our Mother Diana: Her Life and Legacy special — which airs in the U.K. on Monday — Harry Herbert, who was close of Diana’s and is also a friend of the royal family, says he was asked by the Queen if he could confirm the growing rumors about Diana’s sadness.

The deeply personal conversation came one afternoon following a lunch at Balmoral, the Queen’s estate in the Scottish Highlands.

“The Queen wanted to talk to me about it because she was so worried, she was so, you know, worried about — worried about Diana,” Herbert said.

“Looking down onto this beautiful setting of heather and castle, an incredibly, you know, important chat, a very personal,” Herbert – who is the son of the Queen’s late former racing manager, “Porchie” — recalls. “And the Queen wanted to know how was Diana feeling, and was it as bad as — as it was. It was a sad discussion, a sad moment really because that was everything at its worst.”

Soon afterwards, Herbert was at Kensington Palace visiting with the princess, “when things weren’t particularly easy in her married life” – and revealed that her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, were able to snap her out of her private turmoil.

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“Suddenly, these two boys came thundering round the corner in their dressing gowns — this was before bed — and just watching her face light up, going from sad chat to suddenly — boof!” he said. “I’ll never forget that moment, and them crawling all over her and things flying everywhere.”

“And through all the difficulty of other stuff at that time, you could see it was the most important thing in her life were her boys.”

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will air Monday at 9 p.m. in the U.K. on ITV.

The show is one of several commemorations of the Princess in print and on film. PEOPLE and ABC have partnered in a two-night television event The Story of Diana, airing on Aug. 9 and 10 at 9 p.m. ET.

Harry Shares His Regret Over Last Phone Call with Mom Diana: ‘If I’d Known … the Things I Would Have Said to Her’

Prince William and Prince Harry have shared poignant new photographs from their personal collection of their late mother, Princess Diana, as they open up about her life and legacy in a new documentary.

The deeply personal photos come from albums that the princes have been looking over in memory of the mother as part of ITV’s Our Mother Diana: Her Life and Legacy special, which airs in the U.K. on Monday. August 31 will mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a Paris car crash.

The documentary features appearances by Diana’s brother Charles Spencer, Elton John and Rihanna, who took an HIV test alongside Harry in Barbados last December to help break the stigma of getting tested. Diana was an early and very public campaigner for HIV and AIDS awareness and treatment.

The princes, who say that they will not speak out at length about her like this again, also talk movingly about the fact that their last phone call from her – on the day she died – was so short. Being such young boys, aged 15 and 12 respectively, they were keen to get to back to playing with their cousins at the Queen’s Scottish retreat, Balmoral. “And if I’d known that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother the things that I would – the things I would have said to her,” Harry says in the documentary.

While discussing the documentary with reporters — including PEOPLE — at a meeting in Kensington Palace, William said, “This is a tribute from her sons to her.” He added that standing before a group about to watch the documentary was “possibly the most nervous I’ve ever been.”

“It’s one thing doing a documentary like this and it’s another thing standing front of all of you guys and explaining about something very personal to you,” he said. “Nevertheless, I think it’s very important that I’m here to do that.”

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And William – who like Harry finds talking about his mother so intensely and publicly difficult — vowed, “We won’t speak as openly and as publicly about her again.”

He added, “We feel hopefully this film will provide the other side from her close family friends that you might not have heard from before, from those who knew her best, and from those who want to protect her memory and want to remind people of the person that she was: The warmth, the humor, and what she was like as a mother, which probably hasn’t come across before in many other pieces from other people.”

Harry also revealed he has only cried tears of grief twice – at her graveside at Althorp on September 6, 1997, and since then “maybe, maybe once. ”

“So there’s, you know, there’s a lot of — there’s a lot of grief that still needs to be let out.”

Harry added “There’s not a day that William and I don’t wish that she was still around, and we wonder what kind of a mother she would be now, and what kind of a public role she would have, and what a difference she would be making.”

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Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will air Monday at 9 p.m. in the U.K. on ITV.

The show is one of several commemorations of the Princess in print and on film. PEOPLE and ABC have partnered in a two-night television event The Story of Diana, airing on Aug. 9 and 10 at 9 p.m. ET.

WATCH: Prince William Hilariously Recalls Going ‘Bright Red’ at Supermodel Surprise — from His Mom!

Even Prince William can get starstruck!

In a sneak peek clip from an upcoming ITV documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, William, 35, revealed that he turned “bright red” when his mom, Princess Diana, set up a birthday surprise for the young royal that involved some very famous supermodels.

“When I came home from school to have Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell waiting at the top of the stairs,” William recalled in the clop. “I was probably 12 or 13 year old boy who had posters of them on his wall.

“And I went bright red and didn’t quite know what to say and sort of fumbled,” he continued. “I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up. I was completely and utterly sort of awestruck.”

 

“That’s lived with me forever about her loving and embarrassing and sort of, you know being — being the sort of the joker,” he added.

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The sneak peek also featured Prince Harry remembering how “naughty” his late mother could be when he was younger by sneaking him sweets at school.

“One motto she told me was, ‘It’s O.K. to be naughty as long as you don’t get caught,’ ” Harry said. He also added that one of his strongest memories of Diana was the sound of her laughter.

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy will air Monday at 9 p.m. in the U.K. on ITV.

The show is one of several commemorations of the Princess in print and on film. PEOPLE and ABC have partnered in a two-night television event The Story of Diana, airing on Aug. 9 and 10 at 9 p.m. ET.

Jared Leto Posts a Touching Tribute for Late Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington

Jared Leto posted a touching tribute on Instagram in honor of Chester Bennington — the Linkin Park lead singer who was found dead in his Palos Verdes Estates home on Thursday.

The Oscar-winning actor shared a photo on Saturday of Bennington along with a caption that praised the singer’s personality, intelligence and talent. Leto also described Bennington’s voice as “delicate, ferocious and always full of emotion.”

“When I think of Chester I remember his smile… His laughter, intelligence, kindness and talent. That absolutely unforgettable voice that was at once – delicate, ferocious and always full of emotion. Witnessing his life taught me a lot,” wrote Leto.

“Especially about commitment, about kindness, about hard work, about the pursuit and achievement of dreams and mostly, about love,” he continued. “I know that both his family and his band were a massive source of inspiration and pride for him.”

“It was clear to me that he was deeply grateful for both the people that surrounded him and the life that he had. My heart goes out to his family, friends, band and fans. A tragic loss of an absolute legend. We will miss you.”

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The Dallas Buyers Club star is also in a rock band, Thirty Seconds to Mars. Leto and his band recently embarked on a project called “A Day in the Life of America,” which was billed as “a filmed portrait of the country.” The reported aim of the project was to capture 24 hours of life in America on the Fourth of July.

Leto isn’t the only star sharing fond memories of Bennington. Fellow bandmate Mike Shinoda confirmed the news of Bennington’s death on Thursday writing, “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” Jimmy Kimmel, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest, the band Imagine Dragons and other celebrities also took to social media to express their condolences for the late singer.

Bennington’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide, the L.A. County Coroner’s Office confirms to PEOPLE. On Friday, the coroner’s office told USA Today Bennington hanged himself from a bedroom door.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).