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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Ashley Judd ‘devastated’ by IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon’s death


Ashley Judd is surrounded by husband Dario Franchitti and his crew members after driver Dan Wheldon was killed. (Tom Pennington - Getty Images)
Actress Ashley Judd said she is “devastated” by the death of 33-year-old race car driver Dan Wheldon.

Judd, the wife of fellow driver Dario Franchitti, was present at the Izod IndyCar Series season finale Sunday when Wheldon was involved in a multi-car crash. Judd said Franchitti first met Wheldon when the late driver was 6 years old.

“As we continue to absorb Dan’s accident — we forget, remember, [re-experience] shock, denial, anger, pain — I'm reminded of a favorite poem,” the actress tweeted, sharing the text of John Donne’s “Death Be Not Proud.”

Judd also expressed her heartbreak for Wheldon’s wife, Susie, and their two small children.

Other celebs, including Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan and ESPN’s Erin Andrews, expressed their sympathy on Twitter.

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