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News of celebrated evangelist Ravi Zacharias' death has sent a shockwave throughout Christian circles, with celebrities, authors and influencers continuing to respond to the tragic loss.

Zacharias' daughter, Sarah Davis, released a statement on Tuesday announcing her father's death after a short battle with sarcoma; the news came just days after it was revealed that doctors had done all they could to treat his cancer.


Davis, CEO of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, spoke to the power and importance of her dad's faith, and praised her father's impressive, 48-year ministry.

"It was his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad always wanted most to talk about," she wrote. "Even in his final days, until he lacked the energy and breath to speak, he turned every conversation to Jesus and what the Lord had done."

Though it is a tragic time for the Zacharias family, Davis said that they are "at peace" and are "filled with deep gratitude to God for the innumerable expressions of His love."

Christian leaders were quick to respond to the tragic news with prayer and fond memories of the influential apologist.

"We lost a real treasure and champion of the faith today. @RaviZacharias has gone to Heaven," Pastor Greg Laurie tweeted. "Ravi was scheduled to speak at our Church this month, but that was meant to be. Thank God for the thousands of lives he touched."

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina added that Zacharias' death would be "felt for a long time" and said he will continue to pray for the apologist's family "as they continue his legacy here on Earth."

Famous NFL star Benjamin Watson expressed his gratitude to Zacharias for challenging people with both "truth and love," and publicly thanked the apologist for all he had done. 

"#ThankYouRavi for being steadfast in your calling and for demonstrating Christ’s love in explaining our hope!" Watson said. "You your family and ministry are in our prayers."

Other tributes were similar in nature, with Franklin Graham appropriately calling Zacharias "one of the great Christian apologists of our time" and with singer Crowder mourning the loss of a "friend and a teacher."

Let's all continue to pray for Zacharias' family, friends and loved ones.

You can see Zacharias in his own words in Kirk Cameron's "Revive Us 2." And we'll leave you with some of the other touching tributes that continue to pour in:

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