Roberts died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes, PEOPLE can confirm. She is survived by her son, Michael Cannata, daughter-in-law, Jane and three grandchildren. She was 90.
Roberts’ Everybody Loves Raymond costar Ray Romano, who played her TV son for nine seasons, expressed his condolences telling PEOPLE, “Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a young, green comic trying to make it as an actor, she did it all with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly.”
Also, Everybody Loves Raymond costar and onscreen daughter-in-law Patricia Heaton led the tributes on Twitter.
“Truly the end of an era. My wonderful TV mother-in-law and ELR nemesis Doris Roberts was a consummate professional from whom I learned so much,” she said in a statement along with a photo of herself with Roberts. “She was funny and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest. Nothing gave her greater joy that her three wonderful grandchildren, of whom she was so proud. It truly was a privilege Doris. I love you and miss you.”
The sitcom’s creator, writer, and executive producer Phil Rosenthal tweeted: “We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend.”
While many fans remember Roberts as meddling mother Marie Barone, others fondly remember her as an “amazing” comedian.
“RIP #DorisRoberts. An amazing talent and and amazing person,” actor Josh Gad tweeted.
“#DorisRoberts you were one of the funniest people to work with, you lived life to the fullest in NZ. We will miss u,” actress Ashley Tisdale wrote about her Aliens in the Attic costar.
“Rest in peace #DorisRoberts #EverybodyLovesRaymond And Everybody loved Doris,” Niecy Nash said.