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4/13/2013 10:25am EDT

Jonathan Winters

Following comedian Joanthan Winters' death on Thursday, several celebrities have paid tribute to the star, including Steve Martin, Albert Brooks and Dick Van Dyke. Winters, 87, died of natural causes in Montecito, Calif.
Martin tweeted: "Goodbye, Jonathan Winters. You were not just one of the greats, but one of the great greats."

Brooks posted, "R.I.P Jonathan Winters. Beyond funny, He invented a new category of comedic genius."
Van Dyke wrote, "The first time I saw Jonathan Winters perform, I thought I might as well quit the business. Because, I could never be as brilliant."

Tom Arnold tweeted: "RIP Jonathon Winters. The funniest man in the world. Look it up young people."
Rosie O'Donnell, who started with Winters in "The Flintstones," said: "jonathan winters - true comic genius - i was lucky to work with him on the flintstones movie - a wonderful man - rip."

Filmmaker Adam Shankman posted: "RIP 1 of the great funny man legends of all time jonathanwinters. I will always cherish how u made me laugh on set & off. We will miss u!"

Winters was best known for ad-libbing while in the guise of one of his many wacky characters, like Maude Frickert, the sweet old lady with oft an innuendo-laced comment, and Princess Leilani-nani -- the world's oldest hula dancer. Winters released nearly 20 comedy albums and his most notable film roles include the classic "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," and "Eight On The Lam."

Photo Credits: Supplied by WENN

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