04/18/2015 02:53 EDT | Updated 07/05/2015 09:59 EDT

'I am in the depths of despair': Green Gables fans mourn Jonathan Crombie

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.

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.