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Papa Smurf Jonathan Winters

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Last Photos Before Death

4/12/2013 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hollywood legend Jonathan Winters was working like a champ right up until his death -- voicing Papa Smurf for the upcoming "Smurfs 2" movie just last week -- and TMZ got photos of his final recording session.

The photos were snapped 10 days ago in Santa Barbara, near Winters' home.  They're the last known photos before he died.

87-year-old Winters is sitting in a wheelchair, but "Smurfs" producer Jordan Kerner tells TMZ ... Winters was in great spirits, laughing and cracking jokes the whole time.

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Kerner says he's now pushing the studio to dedicate the film to Winters' honor.

As we reported, Winters died of natural causes at his home in Montecito, surrounded by friends and family.

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Sue from jersey    

What a great guy

562 days ago
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21stcent    

Thanks for the laughs Jonathan.

562 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

JW had a good run. R.I.P., Jonathan!

562 days ago
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Carl    

Was still working hard at 87 while the useless and far younger people TMZ highlights (e.g. Kim K, Paris Hilton, Lindsay) haven't worked hard in their lives.

562 days ago
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IwuvTMZ    

He da man!

562 days ago
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JussWait    

Go Bucks!

562 days ago
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Denver    

Farewell to Chester Honeyhugger... RIP

562 days ago
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SMASHED    

Awwwww man that is sad. 87 though so long good life. he gave me and my baby and my nephew a ride home in Toluca Lake - years ago - he had just gotten his hair cut and we had just come out of a pharmacy. It was a hot HOT DAY.
RIP Jonathan Winters
Your contribution to laughter and good times exceeded anyone's attempt now. You will be missed.

562 days ago
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Toilethead    

sniff. He was one of the good guys. sniff. I think I'll watch It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World tonight in his honor. sniff sniff tears

562 days ago
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forreal    

I don't mean any disrespect but I have to ask: How is that everyone who dies is always "surrounded by friends and family"? Are they holding a vigil or something beforehand?

562 days ago
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Eggnail    

If he died of "natural causes" why was he surrounded by family and friends?

562 days ago
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Jay-D    

Tmz is so disrespectful to people that die..always making jokes in their headlines when they are discussing a person who passed away.. Its unreal how childish and immature the staff is..

562 days ago
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Burgos25    

R.I.P Mr. Winters

562 days ago
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billybob    

When i first saw Jonathan Winters in "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" as Lennie Pike i laughed my ass of.

Great guy, very funny, always a buddy. R.I.P

562 days ago
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su    

a true legend - RIP, Mr. Jonathan Winters.

562 days ago
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