News of Leslie Nielsen’s death sparked sadness amongst stars and fans.
Celebrities took to Twitter to remember Leslie Nielsen, who passed away at 84 on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after being treated for pneumonia (read more).
Fellow comedian Russell Brand used a pun in a Tweet to remember the late actor, using Nielson’s iconic line from his 1980 spoof Airplane!. Brand Tweeted, “RIP. Leslie Nielsen. Shirley, he will be missed.”
Ryan Seacrest also remembered Nielsen in Airplane!, Tweeting, “Sad to hear about Leslie Nielsen passing. To this day ‘Airplane’ is still one of my favorite comedies ever.”
Singer Josh Groban Tweeted, “Shirley, this breaks my heart,” while Tony Hawk wrote, “Goodbye, Leslie Nielsen. Thank you for all the laughter. Please pay him proper respect and don’t call him Shirley.”
Film critic Roger Ebert wrote, “Leslie Nielsen, RIP,” and posted some clips from Nielsen’s films.
Andrew Alexander, CEO Second City, wrote, “By playing against character type, he found a hilarious comedic thread that made him an ironic Canadian icon.” Second City is the comedy troupe that trained several famous comedians including Dan Aykroyd and Eugene Levy.
It’s clear that celebrities and fans will Shirley miss Nielsen. Rest in peace.