Sad News: Paul Reubens Passes Away at 70 After Battling Cancer
On Sunday night, the world lost the comedic genius, Paul Reubens, renowned for bringing Pee-wee Herman to life. His Instagram account posted a statement on Monday, revealing the sad news and disclosing that Paul had been courageously and privately fighting cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit.
Paul’s legacy will forever be tied to his iconic creation, Pee-wee Herman, which he developed during an improv exercise with the Groundlings in 1978. Collaborating with the late Phil Hartman, they brought Pee-wee’s Playhouse to television screens in 1986, captivating both children and adults alike.
However, Paul’s comedic talents reached far beyond Pee-wee. Prior to his iconic role, he performed live comedy routines, honing his craft during his time with the Groundlings. In the ’70s, he even made 14 appearances on “The Gong Show.”
While privately battling cancer, Paul expressed his deep gratitude and love for his friends, fans, and supporters, acknowledging the immense affection and respect he had always received. Despite keeping his health struggles private, Paul’s art and comedic brilliance will continue to be cherished and remembered by all who adored him.