Per Paul Reubens’ death certificate, the renowned actor famed for his portrayal of Pee-wee Herman in various media forms passed away in June. His demise resulted from a battle with acute myelogenous leukemia, a form of blood cancer, and metastatic lung cancer. Surprisingly, this news was first brought to light by The Blast, revealing that Ruebens succumbed to “acute hypoxic respiratory failure” on June 30, a condition arising from insufficient oxygen in the tissues.
The actor’s passing came as a shock to many, as he had kept his six-year-long struggle with cancer private. In an Instagram post published on the day of his death, Reubens expressed regret for not sharing his health battle publicly earlier, expressing deep gratitude for the affection and admiration he received from friends, fans, and supporters throughout his career.
His estate captioned the post, underlining Reubens’ iconic status as an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. It emphasized how his beloved character Pee-wee Herman had brought joy and kindness to generations of children. The statement lauded Reubens’ resilience and wit in the face of illness and celebrated his prolific artistry.
According to the death certificate, Reubens’ final arrangements included cremation and interment at Hollywood Cemetery, ensuring that his legacy would forever be a part of the entertainment world.