It all started Thursday morning, when the Hamilton creator tweeted out the daily inspirational message to his followers — this time, featuring a GIF of Matarazzo grinning from a scene in Netflix's supernatural series, writing:
"Good morning. Your smile is worth a fortune, and yours to spend as you wish."
Matarazzo took that advice, proceeding to spend his morning star-struck about being the subject of LMM's Tweet. He promptly responded:
Fans flocked to Twitter to make their disappointment known in regard to The Voice star not being mentioned among the legendary stars who passed away this year, including Gene Wilder, Garry Marshall, Muhammad Ali, Garry Shandling, Doris Roberts, and more.
Because The Voice earned a trophy for Best Reality Competition Show, fans were especially upset over Grimmie's absence — but this isn't the first time the 22-year-old has been left out of an award show since her tragic slaying this June.
The comedian stopped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday, and opened up to Jimmy Fallon about how much he misses his comedic partner in crime, saying:
"He was sick, and I knew it. And he was such a dear friend. I expected it. I expected he would go but, I don't know, when it happens, it's still tremendous. It's still a big shock, you know. I'm still reeling from that no more Gene. I can't call him. And he was such a wonderful part of my life."
Even though recalling his fondest memories of the Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory star was clearly emotional for the New York native, he went on to describe some of his best moments with the acclaimed actor.
He hilariously recounted the first time he met the thespian, pitching The Producers to him, crafting the concept for Young Frankenstein together, and many other enjoyable encounters.
And, Mel even got the audience laughing in the wake of Gene's sad passing. Take a look at the clip (above) for the filmmaker's touching tribute.
But regardless of the speculation, it is clear the late athlete did have a very close relationship with the 22-year-old, who he spent the past four years with behind bars at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.
Kennedy, who is no longer on suicide watch and is reported to be the last person to see Hernandez before he hung himself in his cell, reacted to the death of his pal in a statement to RadarOnline.com, saying: