Fans immediately began paying tribute after news that beloved comedian and actor Jim Nabors died early Thursday morning.
Nabors, famed for playing the lovable rube Gomer Pyle on two separate series, passed away in the Honolulu home he shared with Stan Cadwallader, his husband and partner of 38 years.
So sad to hear about Jim Nabors passing. Thoughts to his family and friends. Loved him as Gomer, and what a singing voice. And such a sweet man from all accounts, never heard a bad word about him. He will be missed.— James Hubbard (@JamesHu18332770) November 30, 2017
a gentle soul who lived his life and entertained people and left them better because of it. What more can you ask of someone?— Steve Kosareff (@steve_kosareff) November 30, 2017
Sha-zam RIP Gomer, our beloved character you created. When times were simpler.— Rob Hernandez🇺🇸💜 (@RobHernandex) November 30, 2017
May his memory be eternal. He was blessed with a wonderful voice.— Karen Holthof (@HolthofKaren3) November 30, 2017
#RIPJimNabors— Emi (@EmiForLove) December 1, 2017
In an interview Jim Nabors said
"In Mayberry, there was no illness. There was no war. There was no violence. We all had a good time, and we laughed a lot."
We could probably use a little more "Mayberry" in our world today. #GlobalGoodEmi pic.twitter.com/4VjeWUF9Q4
Great talent. Enjoyed his classically trained voice and his roles on television.— Dick Titus (@titus_dick) November 30, 2017
Aw! Gomer! Prayers for him & his family. May he RIP. ❤️— Ann E McKechnie (@McKechnieE) November 30, 2017
RIP #JimNabors. Talented, intelligent and so fun-loving & gracious. I loved acting with him on the #TheAndyGriffithShow His public persona belied his worldliness gained through travel & curiosity. A fascinating good-hearted guy. This is a rough week https://t.co/eEDzNrzo96— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) December 1, 2017
Extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Nabors, who brought so much joy to so many. Thank you for the laughs, Jim, may you rest in peace.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 1, 2017
I just learned that Jim Nabors has passed. He was a talented, sweet, darling man. My husband and I had a condo in Kahala Hawaii and saw him often at the grocery store. My sincerest condolences to his husband Stan in this difficult time. -Barbara— Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) December 1, 2017
My friend Jim Nabors died. That is very sad. We had great times together at the Indy 50 several times & in Hawaii. Nice man. Very talented. A great singer & story teller.— Chuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager) November 30, 2017
I was private Pyle in FMJ @StanleyKubrick film. My character was written w/this name becuz of the iconic character the wonderful actor Jim Nabors took off the page &made a household name when I was a kid.I hve nothing 2do w/this name&Jim Nabors has everything2do w/it. An Original pic.twitter.com/SGn5UW4SyC— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) November 30, 2017
H/T - HuffPost