Oliver Stone

Hugo Chavez hosts Sean Penn on February 16, 2012. Photo: AP

Hollywood celebs Oliver Stone, Sean Penn heap praise on Hugo Chavez

US filmmaker Oliver Stone, a long-time Hugo Chavez supporter, has hailed the late Venezuelan leader as a great hero, saying he will "live forever in history". American actor and activist Sean Penn, another Hollywood friend to Chavez, also paid tribute on Tuesday, saying America had lost "a friend it never knew it had".