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Another piece of my childhood is gone. Paul Reubens, who is best known for portraying the character Pee-Wee Herman, died on Sunday night after a private battle with cancer.

He was 70.

Paul’s death was announced by his estate on Monday afternoon via his official Instagram account. 

The statement read: 

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 Instagram post also contained a note from Paul, written before his passing.

It read: 

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.

– Paul Reubens

“I know you are, but what am I?” – Pee-Wee Herman

The post also includes the following request:

Paul asked that any expression of sympathy be made in honor of his late parents, Judy and Milton Rubenfeld, to Stand Up to Cancer or organizations involved in Dementia and Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

See Paul’s original post below. 

My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to Paul Reubens’ family, friends, and all who loved him.

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