Comedy Heavyweights Remember Jonathan Winters in Tweets

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Comedic genius Jonathan Winters died of natural causes Friday at age 87 in his California home with family and friends by his side. News of his death sparked a worldwide topic on Twitter as fans and comedians posted their condolences and remembered Winters’ career.

Winters, who entered the entertainment industry in the 1950s after winning a local talent show, had inspired a flock of comedians such as close friend Robin Williams (pictured) and Jim Carrey. He was known for his memorable improvs, voice-overs and character roles (i.e. Maude Frickert) on TV series, movies and commercials.

Among the colleagues tweeting about Winters were Steve Martin, Pee-wee Herman, Steve Carell, Joe Rogan, Patton Oswalt, Carl Reiner, Sarah Thyre and Albert Brooks.

“Beyond funny, He invented a new category of comedic genius,” Brooks wrote.

Comedians weren’t the only ones leaving remarks on Twitter, though:

Image via Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TV Land

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