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.