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How Did Garry Marshall Die? The 'Pretty Woman' Director Dies At 81


Creator of sitcom Happy Days and director of Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, Garry Marshall, died Tuesday in a Burbank, California, hospital, his publicist confirmed to CNN. He was 81. How did Garry Marshall die? He reportedly died from pneumonia complications that developed after a recent stroke, according to CNN. Tributes have started pouring in for Marshall from both celebrities who worked with him and from fans who enjoyed his shows and movies. His family released a touching statement that shows just how much his upbeat spirit will be missed, according to Vanity Fair:

For millennials having trouble putting a face to a name: think the devil in Hocus Pocus, Drew Barrymore's editor in Never Been Kissed who buys everyone wieners at the baseball game at the end, or the character Walter Harvey in A League of Their Own. Still, Marshall was mostly known for his directing credits, which include Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2, Runaway Bride, Beaches, Laverne & Shirley, and Happy Days, to name a few.

Marshall was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1934 and reportedly began acting in films and TV shows in the 1950s, according to Vanity Fair and CNN. And he never stopped. In an interview with Page Six, he said his mother was the one who pushed him toward comedy and funny film ventures: "She was very, very funny, my mother. She said the worst thing is to be boring," Marshall told Page Six. He said he asked his mother what boring "means," according to Vanity Fair, and she responded with "Your father."

Celebrities including Bette Midler, Henry Winkler, and Melissa Joan Hart, who worked with Marshall on Sabrina, shared heartfelt tributes for their colleague and friend:

Hart Instagrammed a photo of herself and Marshall on the set of Sabrina, with a beautiful caption:

Actor Tom Hanks shared the following tribute on Twitter:

In the interview with Page Six about his mother and his film Mother's Day, Marshall shared his philosophy behind it and most of his movies. Sure, they might not be the most action-packed, but they usually find a way to make tough situations (growing up as the nerd in Never Been Kissed, or finding out that you're the next in line for a throne in The Princess Diaries) a little lighter: