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Tony was a real joy to have on all our programs at CNN. Even his political adversaries appreciated being on the shows with him because he was such a nice guy. He always brought lots of knowledge, charm, warmth and, occasionally, humor to our studio. Given his experiences, he was smart on virtually any subject we raised with him. And he always had good insight and a pithy thought. He also knew how to speak in smart and effective sound bites, which, of course, made him a valued guest on television.

Here's another little secret: We loved his slight British accent. It made him seem even smarter. And he always looked great, very well-dressed. He was, in short, Tony. We loved him and miss him. Our deepest condolences to his wonderful family and to all his many, many friends.

Wolf Blitzer is host of CNN's "The Situation Room."

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