The former Oakland Raiders quarterback and Super Bowl XI winner died aged 69 after suffering complications from colon cancer.
Hanks took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the sportsman, writing, "Goodbye Kenny Stabler, QB for the Oakland Raiders, who showed how cool it was to be cool under pressure. Go deep, baby. Hanx."
King adds, "RIP Ken Stabler, the legendary Raiders QB. Broke my heart a few times beating my Miami Dolphins. He was a great guy, who died much too soon" and TV host Carson Daly also used the microblogging site, adding, "RIP Ken Stabler Raiders. Thinking of his family and friends tonight."
Actor David Boreanaz writes, "R.I.P. Ken Stabler. The Snake Roll Tide Raider Nation."
MAChine Head rocker Phil Demmel offers, "RIP Ken Stabler. Childhood hero. Gone too soon," and professional wrestler Mick Foley posts, "Sorry to hear of the passing of Ken Stabler - one of the great quarterbacks in NFL (National Football League) history."