Through her marriage to IndyCar racer Dario Franchitti, Ashley Judd knew Dan Wheldon well.
Therefore, a day after the 33-year old Indy 500 champion lost his life in a horrific on-track accident, the actress has memorialized the star via a Twitter message and poem.
"As we continue to absorb Dan's accident -- we forget, remember, re-experience shock, denial, anger, pain -- I'm reminded of a favorite poem," Judd writes, including the verse in question:
DEATH be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so, For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow, Due not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest & sleepe, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure then from thee, much more must flow, And soonest our best men with thee doe goe, Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie. One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally, And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die. J Donne.
Our thoughts go out to Wheldon's loved ones.