Paltrow Sends ‘thoughts And Prayers’ To Cousin Giffords

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January 10, 2011 | 7:45am EST

Gwyneth Paltrow has reached out to the family of her cousin, congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is in a critical condition in hospital after a shooting in Arizona on Saturday.
The Hollywood actress is a relation of the politician who was gunned down as she met voters at a store in the state. Six people were killed in the attack and Giffords remains seriously ill after she was shot in the head.

Paltrow, who is related to Giffords through her late grandfather, has never met her cousin, but has released a statement sending her best wishes at such a difficult time.

The statement reads, “Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting congresswoman Giffords, my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as well as the other victims of this horrible act of senseless violence.”

One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush is also linked to one of the victims of the shooting – she is the cousin of nine-year-old Christina Green who was killed. Bush has addressed the atrocity in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, “Devastating… There are no words to explain what my cousin’s family is going through in Arizona. How can this be? Violence is never the answer.”

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