Paul Reubens passed away due to respiratory failure resulting from the spread of cancer to his lungs. The iconic star of the 1985 film “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” was 70 years old at the time of his demise, as indicated by his death certificate.
The cause of Reubens’ death was officially attributed to acute hypoxic respiratory failure, which signifies a condition where his lungs could not adequately provide oxygen. This dire circumstance was likely a consequence of the cancer that had also metastasized to his lungs, as revealed in the death certificate. The specific form of cancer noted on the certificate was acute myelogenous leukemia, a type of blood cancer that also impacts the bone marrow.
In a statement released by Reubens’ family on July 31, following his passing, it was disclosed that he had been courageously and discreetly battling cancer for several years, demonstrating his trademark tenacity and humor. Prior to this revelation, Reubens had not publicly disclosed his cancer diagnosis.
The initial report regarding Reubens’ cause of death was first made by The Blast.
According to the death certificate, Reubens’ remains were cremated, and he will be laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Paul Reubens, known for his roles in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” as well as films like “Batman Returns,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Matilda,” “Mystery Men,” “Blow,” “Buddy,” and “Dunston Checks In,” shared a heartfelt apology in a letter that was made public after his passing.
In this letter, he revealed that he had received his cancer diagnosis in 2017, expressing profound gratitude for the love and support he had received from his friends, fans, and supporters throughout his career, as well as his enjoyment in creating art for them.