Sad news for fans of Anne of Green Gables as Gilbert actor passes away.

Jonathan Crombie, who played the dreamy Gilbert Blythe in the miniseries Anne of Green Gables has died.

His sister Carrie Crombie told CBS news that Jonathan died of a cerebral haemorrhage on April 15. He was just 48 years old.

Crombie was 17 when he was cast in his first movie role: Gilbert Blythe, Anne’s nemesis, turned best mate turned life-long love in the Anne of Green Gables miniseries.

Crombie beat out many other actors for the role, including Jason Priestly (let’s face it – things would not have been the same if Brandon Walsh had played Gilbert. There would have been a lot more slate breaking and a lot less swooning on bridges.)

Thank you, Jonathan Crombie, for giving life to our first literary crush (and if we’re honest, probably our last).

So let’s watch it again: Gilbert and Anne’s first romantic moment.

How dare he indeed.

And then from slate breaking to heart-thumping gazes like this:

These guys know what we mean:

Thank you, Jonathan Crombie. And rest in peace.