The entertainment industry is mourning the loss of iconic American actor Paul Reubens, best known as Pee-wee Herman. At the age of 70, Reubens lost his private battle with cancer, leaving a void in the hearts of many.
Reubens, a man whose creativity knew no bounds, was a beacon of humor and originality. His passing has struck a chord with Hollywood's finest, prompting an outpouring of tributes on social media. Pop icon Cher took to Twitter to bid farewell to Reubens, writing, "Goodbye Paul Goodnight sweet prince May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest." The tweet, which has since been deleted, resonates with the sorrow we all feel. Sandra Bernhard, who once shared the screen with Reubens in a 1990 episode of Pee-wee's Playhouse, also reminisced about their time together. Posting a video with the late comedian, she spoke about the pressures of fame and how quickly it can pass. Filmmaker Paul Feig expressed his heartache at the news, calling it "devastating". He remembered Reubens as a "comedy genius" who was both "original and hilarious". Jennifer Tilly, known for her distinctive voice and comedic timing, also shared a nostalgic picture with Reubens. She wrote a simple yet heartfelt message: "Rip Paul Reubens. You always made me laugh."
Reubens' representative confirmed the sad news, highlighting his iconic character Pee-wee Herman that brought joy to both children and adults alike. She mentioned Reubens' courage in privately battling cancer with his characteristic determination and humor. Before his passing, Reubens wrote a personal statement apologizing for not revealing his battle with cancer sooner. He expressed his love and gratitude for his fans, affirming his joy in creating art for them. Reubens requested that any sympathies be directed in honor of his late parents to organizations involved in cancer, dementia, and Alzheimer's care, research, and support.
Rip Paul Reubens. You always made me laugh. pic.twitter.com/BNoXcClSZG— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) July 31, 2023
Reubens introduced the world to Pee-wee Herman in 1981, creating a character that would become a cultural phenomenon. Pee-wee's Playhouse amassed 22 Emmy Awards during its five-year run. However, Reubens' career faced turbulence following his arrest in 1991, causing him to retreat from the public eye. After overcoming several legal issues, Reubens embarked on a comeback tour in 2010, reviving The Pee-wee Herman Show and returning to Broadway. Despite the challenges he faced, Reubens leaves behind a legacy defined by his talent, originality, and the laughter he brought to millions.