LOS ANGELES, USA – Tributes poured in Monday, April 19 for Emmy-winning actress Doris Roberts, the star of US sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, who has died aged 90. (READ: 'Everybody Loves Raymond' star Doris Roberts dies at 90)
Roberts died of natural causes on Sunday in her hometown of Los Angeles.
Roberts picked up best supporting actress 4 times in the early 2000s for her portrayal of Marie Barone, the mother of Ray Romano's sportswriter character in the show Everybody Loves Raymond (ELR), which ran for 9 seasons.
Many of her co-stars and members of the industry remembered her on social media, following her death.
Actress Patricia Heaton remembered her late ELR co-star, saying, "Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much. She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest. Nothing gave her greater joy than her 3 wonderful grandshildren, of whom she was so proud. It was truly a privilege, Doris. I love you and miss you."
To my beloved Marie - RIP. pic.twitter.com/TtZCySQnLK — Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) April 18, 2016
Ray Romano, who played Ray Barone on the show, told The Wrap: "Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped."
He continued, "Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a green young comic trying to make it as an actor, she did everything with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly."
Brad Garrett, who played Ray's brother on the show, also said in a statement quoted by The Wrap, "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Doris Roberts, an amazing lady and brilliant actor. Doris was vibrant and full of life both on and off the stage, and I am so grateful we shared so many wonderful memories. I will miss her greatly and will always remember her incredible kindness, humor, talent and heart."
Phil Rosenthal, the creator, writer, and executive producer of ELR, sent out this tweet:
We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend. pic.twitter.com/539JOa8EWo — Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) April 18, 2016
Other industry members also remembered Doris on social media.
Rest in peace sweet oh so talented Doris. https://t.co/OIIW1vVE91 — bob saget (@bobsaget) April 19, 2016
#DorisRoberts you were one of the funniest people to work with, you lived life to the fullest in NZ. We will miss u pic.twitter.com/34N8PbbQlB — AshleyTisdaleFrench (@ashleytisdale) April 19, 2016
We say goodbye to the incredible doris_roberts today. Her passion for acting was so inspiring. I loved watching her work. You will be missed — Lance Bass (@LanceBass) April 19, 2016
Rest in peace #DorisRoberts #EverybodyLovesRaymond And Everybody loved Doris pic.twitter.com/MZeIkYXRqC — Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) April 19, 2016
RIP #DorisRoberts. An amazing talent and and amazing person — Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 19, 2016
RIP Doris Roberts. In addition to her work I love when anyone gets really rich later in life. An inspiration! — billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 19, 2016
Doris Roberts made me laugh so hard so many times. #everybodylovesmarie — Denis Leary (@denisleary) April 19, 2016
RIP DORIS ROBERTS. ANOTHER LEGEND IS GONE! — Joey Lawrence (@joeylawrence) April 19, 2016
So sad to read about the passing of Doris Roberts. She will always Marie Barone to me. RIP. — Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 18, 2016
– with reports from AFP/Rappler.com