Estelle Harris, who famously played George Costanza’s mother Estelle on Seinfeld and voiced Mrs. Potato Head in the cartoon Toy Story, has died at the age of 93. The screen star was just weeks away from turning 94.
The actress’ son, Glen Harris, said his mother died of natural causes at her home in Palm Desert, California, on Saturday night.
In a candid statement, he said: “It is with the utmost regret and sadness that it must be announced that Estelle Harris passed away at 6:25pm this evening.”
He noted that he held her before she “did her last breath.”
“Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were virtually unrivaled and will be missed terribly by all who knew her,” he told Deadline.
Tributes for the beloved actress have poured in on social media as fans offered their condolences.
Twitter user Jimmy Ramos commented, “One of the best moms in Seinfeld she will be missed thanks for bringing all the laughs. May she rest in peace.”
Marty Weiss wrote: “So sad to hear of the passing of Estelle Harris. Not only was she a gem in her work (Seinfeld, Toy Story, etc.), my own top memory was on the set of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. I arranged a kid with leukemia for his dream to work on the show. She was so nice to him. rip.”
Kathy added: “She will always be an actress since I was young. As Gen-Xers, it hurts to lose these legends since our parents introduced us to them. RIP funny lady! You’ll always be a part of introducing my nephew to the movies.”