Paul Reubens, the American actor, comedian, writer, and producer who gained nationwide recognition during the 1980s through his character, Pee-wee Herman, has passed away following his protracted battle with cancer. His team confirmed this heartrending news on Monday.
“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,” according to a statement posted to his Facebook.
The statement further extolled Reubens, “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.”
With the passing of Paul Reubens, the world has lost a gifted entertainer and a courageous spirit, whose legacy in the realm of comedy will continue to inspire and delight audiences for generations to come.