Paul Reubens, the actor best known for portraying Pee-wee Herman & Lock in the Nightmare Before Christmas, died Sunday night after a private bout of cancer. He was 70.

“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,” wrote Reubens’ estate in an Instagram post. “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.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all who loved him, he will definitely be missed.

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