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March 24, 2021

Celebrities Pay Tribute to George Segal after He Passed Away at 87 — See Their Messages

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Veteran Oscar-nominated actor George Segal recently died at age 87. Celebrities have reacted to the news of his passing and took to social media to pay homage to him.

According to Deadline, George Segal died on March 23 in Santa Rosa, CA, of bypass surgery complications. His spouse Sonia Segal reportedly confirmed the news.

“The family is devasted to announce that this morning, George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery," she said in the statement.

George Segal at The Goldbergs: Your TV Trip to the 1980s event on April 28, 2014 in Beverly Hills, CA | Photo: Shutterstock

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TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR SEGAL

Segal had been part of ABC’s 1980s-set family sitcom “The Goldbergs" for the past eight years. The last episode he filmed before his death, Episode 16 of the show's current eighth season, is set to air April 7.

According to the outlet, the series is reportedly expected to pay tribute to Segal on-air. He was best known for his TV comedy role, where he played a magazine publisher Jack Gallo NBC's "Just Shoot Me!"

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His role on the show earned him two Golden Globe nominations and, as family patriarch Albert (Pops) Solomon on the show mentioned earlier. The show’s creator Adam F. Goldberg was one of the celebrities who took to Twitter to pay tribute to him.

"Today, we lost a legend. It was a true honor being a small part of George Segal's amazing legacy," he wrote. Goldberg said that it was by fate that he ended up casting the perfect person to play Pops.

Marlee Matlin penned a sweet message to honor Segal and said she is thankful for the chance to play his daughter in “It’s My Party.” She called him the best and said he was lovely to her. Matlin sent her love to his wife and family.

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Actor and comedian Fred Stroller praised Segal and said he was lucky to have met and known him. Stroller regarded Segal as one of his favorite actors from the seventies who was charming and humble.

Poker player and actress Jennifer Tilly shared that she used to play poker with him at Norby Walters's weekly game. Tilly described Segal as a vibrant man with a wonderfully dry sense of humor.

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Wendy McLendon-Covey, who played his daughter on the series mentioned earlier, posted a sweet picture of the two of them together on Instagram. She noted that she did not know that it was the last time she saw him.

ABC Entertainment also shared a statement that stated that Segal's talent left an unforgettable mark and that they are grateful for the joy and laughter he gave them. Sony Pictures defined him as a true icon and legend in the entertainment industry.

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CELEBRITIES WHO DIED IN 2021

Segal is among those who have passed on in the early quarter of this year. Another star who died on March 16 was a 51-year-old racing giant Sabine Schmitz, after a long battle with cancer.

According to Entertainment Weekly, actor Yaphett Kotto died on March 15 at age 81. Before Kotto, Country singer Taylor Dee passed away on March 14 from a car crash, and she was 33 years old.

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