Shock for fans as much loved actor dies under ‘unclear’ circumstances

John Paragon, actor best known for his role in Pee-wee’s Playhouse, has died at the age of 66. US news outlet TMZ revealed that The Riverside County Coroner confirmed his death back in April, but at this point cause of death remains unclear.

The actor portrayed sassy Jambi the Genie on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which saw him appear in a box whenever the show’s main character Pee-wee Herman (played by Paul Reubens) made a wish.

He also voiced Pterri the Pterodactyl on the show.

Alongside acting, he and Reubens wrote several episodes for the hit series, notably the Christmas special that aired in 1988.

It earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Best Writing in a Children’s Special.

Playhouse aired from 1986 to 1991, with John reprising his popular role in 2010’s Broadway adaptation of The Pee-wee Herman Show.

He went on to star in TV show Seinfeld, before securing parts on the big screen in films such as The Frog Prince, Eating Raoul and Echo Park.