The world of comedy and children’s TV was shattered when the news broke that Paul Reubens, the brilliant mind behind the beloved character Pee-wee Herman, had passed away at the age of 70. Known for his physical comedy and mass appeal, Reubens created an institution out of Pee-wee Herman that was unparalleled throughout the 1980s. His untimely death after a private battle with cancer over the last six years left many in the entertainment industry mourning the loss of a true legend.
Tributes from Beloved Celebrities
The news of Paul Reubens’ passing prompted an outpouring of tributes from his friends, colleagues, and fans. Each tribute highlighting the impact he had on their lives and the indelible mark he left on the world of comedy.
Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Fond Memories
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who counted Reubens as a close friend, shared a heartfelt photo from one of their text conversations on her birthday. This glimpse into their friendship painted a picture of a bond that went beyond their professional lives.
A Heartfelt Farewell from Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall, in an obituary post for the comedian, expressed her deep sadness, acknowledging Reubens as always brilliant and a favorite of hers. Her words captured the sentiment felt by many who cherished his unique brand of comedy.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Emotional Tribute
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel took to Twitter to share an emotional tweet honoring Reubens. He described him as a brilliant and original comedian while expressing how much he and his family would miss him. Kimmel’s tribute further solidified Reuben’s impact on the comedy world.
Conan O’Brien’s Praise for Reuben’s Artistry
Conan O’Brien, another comedy powerhouse, paid tribute to Reubens by highlighting his magic, generosity, artistry, and devout silliness. O’Brien’s words captured the essence of Reuben’s unique comedic style and his ability to bring joy to audiences worldwide.
Katie Couric Reveals the Devastating News
Through an Instagram post, Katie Couric shared more details about Reuben’s life and battle with cancer. While expressing her sadness, Couric emphasized that Reubens will be remembered as the beloved children’s entertainer known as Pee-wee Herman. Her statement encapsulated the impact Reubens had on entertaining generations of children.
Cher’s Heartfelt Farewell
Cher kept her tribute simple yet poignant. Quoting William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, she bid farewell to Reubens by writing, “Goodbye Paul Goodnight sweet prince May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” Cher’s tribute reflected the profound impact Reubens had on the lives of many.
Bette Midler’s Disbelief
Bette Midler, expressing her disbelief at the devastating news, shared her grief over the loss of Reubens. Her words echoed the sentiment felt by countless fans around the world, struggling to come to terms with the untimely passing of a beloved entertainer.
Natasha Lyonne’s Heartfelt Gratitude
Natasha Lyonne, one of Reuben’s earliest co-stars as a child actor, posted an emotional account of their relationship. Lyonne thanked Reubens for his role in her career and their enduring friendship throughout the years. Her tribute reflected the profound impact Reubens had on those he worked closely with.
The Muppets’ Tribute
The official handle for The Muppets, with whom Reubens was a frequent guest star, shared a heartfelt tribute. They posted photos from his appearances on the show and celebrated the joy, creativity, and laughter he brought with him wherever he went.
Throwback Memories from Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa, sharing a collection of throwback photos, remembered Reubens as a kind, funny, and thoughtful individual. Her tribute reflected the impact he had not only professionally but also on a personal level.
The legacy of Paul Reubens lives on through the heartfelt tributes from his friends, colleagues, and fans. His unique talent, infectious silliness, and unwavering creativity touched the lives of countless individuals around the world. As we mourn his loss, we can find solace in knowing that his humor and iconic characters will continue to bring joy and laughter for generations to come. Rest in peace, Paul Reubens, and thank you for the laughter.