Tragic news: The cool, understanding beard you got high and told all your troubles to during high school has passed away. The avuncular facial hair that was always down to buy your friends some beer was attached to actor/director Kevin Smith, and appeared in films like Clerks, Mallrats, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. It will be missed.

Smith laid the beard to rest yesterday evening, and will soldier on without it in the upcoming movie Yoga Hosers. Between the beard and the excess 20 pounds he dropped for the role, he's barely recognizable anymore.

He can't say he wasn't warned, though. This bit from a Q&A session happened 10 years ago:

Farewell to Silent Bob's real "hetero life partner," his facial hair. It is survived by a backward hat, a trenchcoat, and several hockey jerseys.

[h/t Uproxx, Reddit]