Paul Reubens, American actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer who became famous in the 1980s for his character Pee-wee Herman, died “last night” at the age of 70, according to a statement published by his team on Monday in his official Facebook social network page.
“Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit. Talented and prolific, he will forever live in the comedy pantheon and in our hearts as a cherished friend and a man of remarkable character and generosity of spirit,” the statement said.
The announcement of his death included a personal statement from the actor, in which he explained why he had kept his health a secret. “Please accept my apologies for not publicizing the situation I have faced in the last six years,” he wrote, “I have always felt great love and respect from my friends and fans. I have loved them very much and enjoyed making art for you”.
Reubens began his career in the 1970s after joining the Los Angeles Groundlings comedy troupe as an improv comedian and stage actor.