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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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LovinLife    

TMZ has to make jokes about a man who died? So very disrespectful and rude. Bunch of losers at TMZ.

374 days ago
17.

Rotter    

He was funniernhell in "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming".

374 days ago
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geincolo    

Now all of you hip hoppers, flip floppers, dope smoking, pill poppers, this was a genuine star. He didn't need to announce it, had no posse, just real talent. Damn, we lost a great one. RIP Jonny.

374 days ago
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steve    

Growing up in Santa Barbara, we would see him and he would always take the time to talk or tell you a funny joke! He was a very " down to earth " type of guy and very nice! He was very a very talented person. RIP...

374 days ago
20.

Mrugowsky    

TMZ just couldn't let the guy die in peace. That's douchy even for you f*ckin' degenerates.

374 days ago
21.

beachgal    

One of the funniest, most brilliant comedians ever, and a gracious, truly nice man. Deep condolences to his family. RIP.

374 days ago
22.

Leighton    

This seems disrespectful to both him and his family.

374 days ago
23.

Paulina1982    

I loved the Smurfs growing up R.I.P Mr. Winters..

374 days ago
24.

Kiloshi    

RIP Mr. Winters, it will be more of a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad world without you! Miss you.....

373 days ago
25.

nof    

See ya, man.


Legend.


Transformed his own issues -


Into a career -


Didn't go shooting up schools, playgrounds, etc.


Need more like him, like the great Sid Caesar, etc.


Huge props to Jordan Kerner for demanding that Jonathon get JW's due -


And from the studio's.


May Smurfs2 go through the roof.


Rest in peace, Genius - your work is done.


Much love and respect - from all those who either followed - or TRIED to follow.

373 days ago
26.

ann    

Heaven just got a whole lot funnier. RIP Mr. Winters.

373 days ago
27.

gladiola4    

Jonathan Winters was an entertainment icon. I think both he and his family deserve more respect than this classless heading gives . Or doesn't give.... So wrong...

373 days ago
28.

Northerner    

Jonathan,
i hope you dont rest in peace but keep everyone laughing into eternity, God bless!

373 days ago
29.

U dont know me     

He died the way some of us want to die peacefully well rest in peace

373 days ago
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