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    Hilarie Burton Shared A Photo Of A Tattoo She Got To Honor Willie Garson Before His Death

    "I needed him to know how I felt."

    Every time Hilarie Burton looks down at her arm, she’ll remember her good friend Willie Garson.

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    Burton, who starred alongside Garson in the 2009 movie White Collar, showed off a tattoo that she got in honor of him on Instagram.

    Hilarie lying down while waiting to get her tattoo
    @hilarieburton / Via Instagram: @hilarieburton

    In cursive letters, her tattoo read, “calm down,” and that’s one of Garson’s most popular phrases.

    @hilarieburton / Via Instagram: @hilarieburton

    She also shared a few pictures of the late actor, who died earlier this week at the age of 57.

    Willie Garson attends the Alliance for Children's Rights 25th anniversary celebration
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    The caption read, “Willie was a romantic friend. Deeply thoughtful. Intentional with his effort and attention and devotion.”

    @hilarieburton / Via Instagram: @hilarieburton

    “Social media is ablaze right now with evidence of that … each person in his life felt special. Spoiled, even. Willie most definitely spoiled me.”

    Willie Garson attends the "The Polka King" Premiere
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    Burton also noted that her phone “hasn’t stopped” ringing with news of his death. “Friends. Coworkers. Total strangers. The world knows that @willie.garson has been a pivotal player in my life,” she said.

    Willie Garson attends the "Sex and the City: The Movie" DVD launch
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    Garson will deeply be missed.

    Willie Garson during IFC Films Presents "Factotum" Los Angeles Screening - Arrivals
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