Doris Roberts of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ dead at 90; Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, more offer tributes

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There is some truly sad news coming out early Monday evening: Doris Roberts, the TV and film icon whose most-notable role was playing Ray’s mother Marie on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has passed away. She was 90 years old. Roberts appeared in dozens of other projects as well, whether it be “Remington Steele” for more than 70 episodes, “Barney Miller,” “Fantasy Island,” and so many other classics.

There’s already been an outpouring of love out there from some of Roberts’ former co-stars, so we thought we would bring you some notable tributes. Let’s begin of course with Ray Romano himself, who issued a statement talking about how it was working with her:

“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 green young comic trying to make it as an actor, she did everything with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly.”

Brad Garrett, who played Ray’s oft-maligned brother Robert, offered his own thoughts:

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Doris Roberts, an amazing lady and brilliant actor. Doris was vibrant and full of life both on and off the stage, and I am so grateful we shared so many wonderful memories. I will miss her greatly and will always remember her incredible kindness, humor, talent and heart.”

You can see a tribute from Patricia Heaton below, while executive producer Phil Rosenthal posted this message on Twitter: “We loved our mom, the great #DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, indelible actress and friend.”

Thoughts are with Roberts’ family, former co-stars, and other loved ones during this difficult time. Hopefully, networks who continue to play repeats for “Everybody Loves Raymond” will find the right way to honor her and her work.

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