Actor Paul Reubens, who came to fame in the 1980s as children's TV star Pee-wee Herman, has died years after a cancer diagnosis, his team said Monday.
"Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit.
"Pee Wee's Playhouse" on CBS, a children's television show starring Paul Reubens and John Paragon.
The announcement of his death included a personal statement from the actor, explaining why he had kept his medical condition under wraps.
Comedian and podcaster Conan O'Brien recalled "the magic, generosity, artistry, and devout silliness of Paul Reubens.".
"Everyone I know received countless nonsensical memes from Paul on their birthday, and I mean EVERYONE," O'Brien said in a statement.
Thank you for my career & your forever friendship all these years & for teaching us what a true original is. »