July 20, 2016 10:50 AM

The Internet let out a collective weep on Tuesday evening as news spread that Garry Marshall, creator of Happy Days and director of Pretty Woman, died at 81 of complications from pneumonia following a stroke.

To put it plainly, the man was an icon, launching the careers of several A-list stars, including Julia Roberts, Henry Winkler, Anne Hathaway and more. He also left behind a body of widely beloved TV shows and movies – including The Princess Diaries, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy.

Fans took to Twitter to express their gratitude to the director.

“He loved telling stories, making people laugh, and playing softball, winning numerous championships. Even at age 81, he had a record this year of 6-1 pitching for his team,” his family said in a statement to PEOPLE.

Marshall is survived by his wife, Barbara – to whom he was married to for 53 years – son Scott, daughters Lori and Kathleen, and sisters Penny Marshall and Ronny Hallin.

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