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Shortly after he was detained earlier today, deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was pronounced dead from wounds he suffered during a NATO airstrike and during his capture. The 69-year-old autocratic ruler held power in Libya for 42 years before he was overthrown in an uprising earlier this year. CNN has received numerous confirmations of Gadhafi's death, including one from interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, and reports that Gadhafi's body is currently in Misrata, Libya. He was found severely wounded and hiding in a hole with his bodyguards following the airstrike.
According to CNN, the streets of Libya's capitol, Tripoli, are jam-packed with people who are celebrating Gadhafi's death. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is reported as saying this "marks a historic transition for Libya." While Libyan natives are busy rejoicing in Gadhafi's passing, many American celebrities took to Twitter to share their own thoughts about his death.
"I hope they didn't get @realjeffreyross by mistake," tweeted former Full House star Bob Saget, poking fun at comedian Jeffrey Ross. "CNN: BREAKING: Gadhafi captured, says military council on Libyan TV."
Saget wasn't the only celebrity taking a crack at Gadhafi following his demise. Jeffrey Ross, who roasted Charlie Sheen last month, had a Three Stooges joke at the ready: "Moammar Gaddhafi is dead. He's survived by his brothers Larry Gadhafi and Curly Gadhafi," he tweeted.
Writer/actor/director Jake Fogelnest made fun of the many ways the former Libyan leader's name has been spelled in the press, saying, "I'm going to spell Gadhafi like this: QLX2¥PN."
CNN's Wolf Blitzer shared a succinct tweet to clarify the news. "Now no more doubt. Gadhafi is dead," he said.
But that didn't stop celebs from having the last laugh at Gadhafi. Comic book writer Brian Lynch joked that now "the radio will be overplaying Gadhafi songs for the next week," while other comedians kept making Gadhafi the butt of their jokes.
"Oh great, now I have to choose which funeral to go to- #Gadhafi or the monkey with herpes. Life is unfair," The Late Show with David Letterman writer Eric Stangel tweeted.
CNN host Piers Morgan, meanwhile, also got in on the Moammar bashing. "#Gadhafi has ruled #Libya since I was 4 years old," he wrote. "He's the Queen Victoria of despots."
Community and The Soup star Joel McHale got the last laugh, though, when he joked that Gadhafi's death might have been the work of a certain bounty hunter from Star Wars. "Gadhafi caught! Is there nothing Boba Fett can't do!" he tweeted.