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Punky Brewster's Soleil Moon Frye reacts to co-star George Gaynes' death

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Soleil Moon Frye and other celebs pay tribute to Punky Brewster's George Gaynes

George Gaynes, a character actor best known for his work in the 1980s, died on Monday. He was 98 years old.

According to The New York Times, Gaynes died at his daughter's home in North Bend, Washington. Daughter Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown confirmed his passing.

Gaynes was likely best known for his role as Henry Warnimont, the beloved foster dad to Soleil Moon Frye's Punky on long-running sitcom Punky Brewster. Frye shared a sweet tribute to her sitcom father. She wrote on Twitter, "The universe just gained a gigantic star. You will be in my heart and soul always and forever. Your little Punky. RIP George Gaynes."

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Frye also shared a photo of Gaynes from their time on Punky Brewster on Instagram. She wrote, "When I reflect on some of the most joyous moments in my life, they were shared with this incredible man. The universe just gained a gigantic star. You will be in my heart and soul always & forever. Your little Punky. RIP George Gaynes. Love to your family."

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Other celebs, many of whom grew up watching Gaynes' roles, shared their tributes to the actor.

"Rest in peace #GeorgeGaynes #PunkyBrewster," wrote Olivia Munn on Twitter.

Mark Duplass nodded to Gaynes' work, writing, "George Gaynes acted in "many, many, many" great projects. He will be missed."

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