Paul Reubens Has Died Aged 70 After a Private Battle With Cancer

Paul Reubens, the iconic Pee-wee Herman, died at 70. “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.

Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit. A gifted and prolific talent, 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,” a post on his verified social media writes. Here is how the internet responded.

After Hearing the News

Conan O’Brien’s verified Twitter states: “No tweet can capture the magic, generosity, artistry, and devout silliness of Paul Reubens. Everyone I know received countless nonsensical memes from Paul on their birthday, and I mean EVERYONE. His surreal comedy and unrelenting kindness were a gift to us all. Damn, this hurts.”

Grieving Pee-Wee Herman

Docstache shares, “I’m absolutely gutted. PeeWee Herman showed me it was okay to be weird. He got me through my childhood. Rest in peace, Paul Reubens.”

Astro Mega says, “Thank you for giving me decades of laughter and zany fun! When you get to the big playhouse in the sky, tell ’em Large Marge sent ya. RIP, Paul Reubens.” A reference to 1985’s comedy classic, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

Much More Than Pee-Wee Herman

A Nightmare John Elm Street’s Twitter suggests, “The fact Paul Reubens reprised his Buffy role on What We Do in The Shadows while secretly battling cancer is just a testament to how awesome he was. Rest in Peace, good sir.”

Geek Vibes Nation expresses, “Paul Reubens was more than just Pee-Wee. He was Penguin’s father in both Gotham and Batman Returns. He was a drug dealer in ‘BLOW,’ The voice of Bat-Mite in Batman: The Brave And The Bold, Plus many more credits to his name!”

Dan Sheehan reminds us, “Lots of talk about Paul Reubens as Pee Wee (and rightfully so), but his turn as an adult Habsburg child on 30 Rock still remains one of the funniest episodes of television I’ve ever seen. RIP to a legend.”

Ed Solomon laments, “It breaks my heart to hear that Paul Reubens died. He was one of the kindest souls I’ve known. We worked together on Mosaic (in this picture, I was an extra – playing his husband). Every year since, I’d hear from him on my birthday and on every holiday. He was a good good sweet man.”

Paul Reuben’s Final Words

“Please accept my apology for not going public with what I’ve been facing the last six years. I have always felt a huge amount of love and respect from my friends, fans, and supporters. I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you.” — Paul Reubens.

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