Hollywood is mourning the loss of a beloved star.
“Last night we said farewell to Paul Reubens, an iconic American actor, comedian, writer and producer whose beloved character Pee-wee Herman delighted generations of children and adults with his positivity, whimsy and belief in the importance of kindness,” a message, posted to his Instagram and Facebook pages July 31, read. “Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit.”
“A gifted and prolific talent,” the note continued, “he will forever live in the comedy pantheon and in our hearts as a treasured friend and man of remarkable character and generosity of spirit.”
In the comments of the heartbreaking Instagram announcement, many fans and fellow stars paid tribute to Reubens, including actress D’Arcy Carden who responded with three heart emojis.