Pee-wee Herman actor and creator Paul Reubens dies from cancer at 70


August 1, 2023

Danny Moloshok, Associated Press

Actor Paul Reubens portraying Pee-wee Herman poses for a portrait while promoting "The Pee-wee Herman Show" live stage play, Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES - Paul Reubens, the actor and comedian whose Pee-wee Herman character - an overgrown child with a tight gray suit and an unforgettable laugh - became a 1980s pop cultural phenomenon, has died at 70.

Reubens, who's character delighted fans in the film ''Pee-wee's Big Adventure'' and on the TV series ''Pee-wee's Playhouse,'' died Sunday night after a six-year struggle with cancer that he kept private, his publicist said in a statement.

''Please accept my apology for not going public with what I've been facing the last six years,'' Reubens said in a statement released Monday with the announcement of his death. ''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.''


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