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The Celebration Of Paul Reubens's Life Was A Star-Studded Affair

By Andrew Sanford | Celebrity | August 29, 2023 |

By Andrew Sanford | Celebrity | August 29, 2023 |


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Paul Reubens passed away on July 30th, 2023, at 70. A memorial service was held for him on August 27th, and it was an affair worthy of the man who brought Pee-Wee Herman to the world. The outpouring of love and affection for Reubens was immediate upon his passing. Now, almost a month later, the honor and respect that Reubens deserves are still on display.

Actor Meredith Salenger was in attendance and shared photos from the event on her Instagram.

Guests, many of them celebrities, of the memorial were asked to sign and leave postcards instead of a regular guest book. They were given pigs in a blanket as a snack. Interactive memorials were erected in the style of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. It was an event fit for Pee-Wee Herman, with the lovable man-child being the only missing piece.

Many celebrities spoke at the event, including Joe Manganiello, Maya Rudolph, Lynne Stewart, Natasha Lyonne, and Conan O’Brien. Judd Apatow and John Waters sent in pre-taped salutes. Cassandra Peterson and Lynne Stewart led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” for Reubens since the event took place on his birthday. Merely writing about this event is making me emotional, so I can only imagine what it must have been like for those in attendance.

Paul Reubens was a treasure, and it pleases me to no end that he is remembered this fondly. In a world where people use social media to be cruel for cruelty’s sake, I saw nary a negative notion about Paul Reubens expressed when he passed. I’m sure they were out there somewhere, but they were appropriately drowned out by love.

The memorial for Reubens ended with the guests listening to his favorite song, “The Secret Life Of Plants” by Stevie Wonder. My heart still aches over the loss of Paul Reubens, and yet it is still full thanks to the love shared for this wonderful man who meant so much to so many.