Pee-Wee Herman Actor Paul Reubens Dead At 70 After Private Cancer Battle: Jimmy Kimmel & More React

Hollywood is mourning the loss of a beloved comedy icon. Paul Reubens, best known for his work as TV and movie alter ego Pee-Wee Herman, has died. He was 70 years old. The actor’s Instagram page announced the sad news on Monday and revealed he had been battling cancer for the last six years. “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,” the caption read. The post also included a personal quote from Reubens himself in which he addressed fans who weren’t aware of his health issues. “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,” his message read. Hollywood took to social media to honor Reubens’ legacy as a comedian and artist, with Cher, Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow and more paying tribute.