Paul Reubens, famously known for portraying the character Pee-wee Herman, sadly passed away on July 30, 2023. In this article, I will write about Luke and Abby Rubenfeld, the siblings of the renowned American actor Paul Rubenfeld.
Paul Reubens was an actor and comedian from the United States, famous for creating and playing the character Pee-wee Herman which started as a show on stage. The show became very popular and was featured on HBO in 1981. As it gained more attention, Reubens decided to bring Pee-wee to the television in a movie called Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985.
Reubens was born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952, in Peekskill, New York. He was raised in a Jewish family in Sarasota, Florida, where his mother, Judy (Rosen), and father, Milton Rubenfeld, had a lamp store. He grew up alongside his siblings, Luke Rubenfeld and Abby Rubenfeld, and they are the only family member he left behind after he died.
Meet Luke And Abby Rubenfeld; Where Are They Now?
Abby Rubenfeld and her brother Paul Reubens share a closer bond than they do with their other sibling, Luke. Speaking about his relationship with Abby, Paul once explained,
“She was always the brains, the intellectual, and I was the artist.”
Unfortunately, the relationship between Luke Rubenfeld and his siblings was not as harmonious. He was not as close to Abby and Paul. Tensions escalated to the point that on December 26, 2012, Paul filed a family lawsuit against Luke.
Abby Rubenfeld (born in 1953) is a civil rights attorney based in Nashville, Tennessee. She has made a name for herself because of her fight for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
Abby went to Princeton University and Boston University School of Law. She finished her law degree in 1979 and has taken a stand to challenge unfair laws since then. One of her biggest wins was in 1996, when she fought and won against a law in Tennessee that was unfair to gay people. Then in 2015, she played a significant role in a court case that made gay marriage legal all over the U.S.
She has been married to Helia Rethmann since 2008. Together they have two daughters, Lily and Sarah Alberts, and a stepdaughter, Laura Rethmann. She is a big fan of the Tennessee Titans. During her birthday on July 26, 2014, she dressed in drag with her friends to raise money for marriage equality.
Little is known about Luke Rubenfeld (born in 1958). He is, however, known as a canine professional.
Age Difference Between Paul Reubens And His Siblings
Paul Reubens, born on August 27, 1952, is the eldest among his siblings. Following him is his sister, Abby Rubenfeld, who was born in 1953 and with whom he shares the closest bond. Abby is a year younger than Paul. The youngest in the family is their brother Luke Rubenfeld, born six years after Paul in 1958.
Paul Rubenfeld Cause of Death
Paul Reubens died from cancer when he was 70 years old on July 30, 2023, in a hospital in Los Angeles. He discovered he had cancer six years before but did not tell the public.
After he passed away, following instructions he left behind, a message that Reubens had written before he died was posted on his Instagram. The message read, “I’m sorry I didn’t share with you what I’ve been dealing with for the past six years. I’ve always felt so much love and respect from my friends, fans, and those who support me. I’ve loved creating fun things for all of you.“
At the time of his death, Paul did not have any children. He once revealed that he participated in an “impromptu mock wedding ceremony” with Chandi Heffner in 1989. He is survived by his siblings, Luke and Abby Rubenfeld.