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30th Aug 2021

Tributes paid after death of Up and Elf’s Ed Asner

Ellen Fitzpatrick

May he rest in peace.

We all remember him as the lovable Carl Fredricksen in Disney’s Up, Ed Asner has sadly passed away at the age of 91.

With iconic roles like Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and even getting his own spin-off drama, and Santa in Elf, his family announced his passing on Twitter yesterday.

They wrote: “We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully. Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head- Goodnight dad. We love you.”

The seven-time Emmy-winning actor has been receiving countless amounts of tributes all over social media, with Hollywood’s finest chiming in with some powerful words.

One of Asner’s final pieces of work before he passed was the Netflix series Cobra Kai, a spin off of The Karate Kid, where he played the stepfather of Jonny Lawrence.

William Zabka took to Twitter to pay his respects to his late co-star, saying: “Devastated to hear this news. What a legend. What a beautiful human and special friend. I learned so much from him. My love and deepest condolences to the Asner family #RIP Dear Ed.”

Star Wars legend Mark Hamill, who worked on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, added: “A great man…a great actor… a great life. Thank you Mr. Asner. #RIP.”

Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet also sent his thoughts, saying: “He played one of the best characters in television history. I was honored that I got to work with him … Rest in Peace, sir.”

The Muppets also tweeted out their condolences, saying: “Ed Asner was a great friend of The Muppets. Few have ever been as funny, talented, and kind as he was. We will miss him dearly.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore shared a heartwarming memory of Ed, saying: “Making my 1st film, Roger & Me, I was broke so I wrote to some famous people to ask for help.

“Only one responded: Ed Asner. “I don’t know you, kid, but here’s 500 bucks” said the note attached to the check. “Sounds like it’ll be a great film. I was an autoworker once.” R.I.P. Ed.”