Paul Reubens, the actor, and comedian best known for creating the beloved character Pee-wee Herman, died on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at the age of 70.
The cause of death was cancer, which Reubens had been battling for several years.
Reubens’ death was confirmed by the Pee-wee Herman Facebook account, which posted a statement saying:
“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.”
Reubens was born in Peekskill, New York, in 1952. He began his career as a performer in the 1970s, and he created the Pee-wee Herman character in the early 1980s. The character was a shy, childlike man with a love of toys and magic tricks.
Pee-wee Herman quickly became a cult favorite, and Reubens went on to star in the 1985 film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which was directed by Tim Burton.
Reubens’ death is a major loss to the comedy world. He was a gifted actor and comedian who brought joy to millions of people. His legacy will live on through his work as Pee-wee Herman and his other characters.
Here are some additional details about Paul Reubens’s death:
- He died at his home in Los Angeles.
- He was surrounded by his family and friends.
- A private funeral will be held at a later date.
- In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Paul Reubens’s death is a sad day for fans of comedy and children’s entertainment. He was a gifted actor and comedian who brought joy to millions of people. His legacy will live on through his work as Pee-wee Herman and his other characters.