'I am in the depths of despair': Green Gables fans mourn Jonathan Crombie
Fans remembered Crombie's Gilbert Blythe character as their first childhood crush
Anne of Green Gables fans mourned the death of actor Jonathan Crombie, who played Gilbert Blythe in the CBC TV Green Gables movies. Condolences and tributes poured in from devotees of the films, young adult fiction fans and writers, and colleagues.
- Jonathan Crombie, Anne of Green Gables actor, dead at 48
Many remembered his character Gilbert as their first childhood crush, and praised his work on the series in addition to his extensive acting career. Some quoted Anne's line, "I am in the depths of despair," from the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Rest peacefully, Jonathan Crombie <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GilbertBlythe?src=hash">#GilbertBlythe</a> <a href="http://t.co/UtOlnw3Hba">pic.twitter.com/UtOlnw3Hba</a>—@GuardianTeresa
Jonathan Crombie will always be my Gilbert. My heart is sad to hear of his loss and my thoughts are with his family. <a href="http://t.co/8xlPvTVp63">pic.twitter.com/8xlPvTVp63</a>—@kesiatk
My very first love was Gilbert Blythe. That's how I'll always remember Jonathan Crombie. <a href="http://t.co/mlyBgPLDze">pic.twitter.com/mlyBgPLDze</a>—@dramalaurie
Jonathan Crombie (Gilbert Blythe) has died. We are in the depths of despair. <a href="http://t.co/dTeG5tAg3t">http://t.co/dTeG5tAg3t</a>—@4everYA
Very, very hard to think of the world without my dear friend and collaborator of 30 years. Goodbye, Jonathan. <a href="http://t.co/yPEd1UkRb7">http://t.co/yPEd1UkRb7</a>—@drstorper
I can't even tell you how many times I watched the Anne miniseries growing up. Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie, they were it.—@amyboughner
Jonathan Crombie and Megan Follows had fantastic chemistry together in Anne of Green Gables. He'll always be Gilbert Blythe. RIP Jonathan.—@Sera188
I don't know any female Canadian from my generation that *didn't* have at least a little bit of a crush on Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert.—@acourtroom
Absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of Jonathan Crombie. His Gilbert Blythe was my ideal, and first, love. <a href="http://t.co/QlmIetRinY">pic.twitter.com/QlmIetRinY</a>—@gleefulreader