American actress Estelle Harris, best known for playing the role of George’s mother Estelle Costanza on the hit '90s sitcom Seinfeld, passed away on April 2 due to natural causes. She was 93. Harris, who had a distinctive voice, appeared on Seinfeld in 27 episodes as the mother of George (Jason Alexander) and as the wife of Jerry Stiller, who played Frank Costanza. The trio as a family delighted audiences with their adorable antics and constant bickering and served as a big side plot in the show, which ended on a high note after nine seasons. 

Harris also provided the voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the blockbuster Toy Story films in the second, third and fourth chapters of the franchise. Apart from Toy Story, she also did voice work for many large and small animated projects that included films like Brother Bear (2003) and Tarzan II (2005), including series like Hercules, The Wild Thornberrys, and Godzilla: The Series (all of them from 1998). Harris began her career in Hollywood in 1977 in the films Looking Up and Summerdog, which saw her appear in small roles. She later landed a minor role in legendary filmmaker Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America (1984), while also appearing in a recurring role on Night Court, followed by a guest spot on Married… With Children. 

The news of Estelle Harris' death came as a big shock to fans, with many expressing immense grief on social media for her passing. Jason Alexander paid his tribute to the late actress on Twitter and wrote, "One of my favorite people has passed - my tv mama, Estelle Harris. The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. I adore you, Estelle. Love to your family. Serenity now and always. #RIPEstelleHarris". He also tweeted, "Thanks to you all for your kind and sweet messages and remembrances of #EstelleHarris. She would be so touched. As am I. And as she would say, "WHY CANT YOU BE MORE LIKE LLOYD BRAUN!!??" Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, too shared her condolences and wrote, "RIP Estelle Harris. I love you. #serenitynow".