Very sad and tragic news out of Hollywood this week, as comedian/actor Robin Williams died on Monday, in what was believed to be a suicide. Williams’ publicist issued the following statement yesterday:
“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, Williams struggled with an addiction to cocaine, and checked himself into rehab in 2006 due to alcoholism. A 2009 cardiac surgery may have been a contributing factor to his ongoing depression.
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014
It would be a fool’s errand to try and list every one of the man’s accomplishments in the fields of comedy, film, television, animation, and his countless other ventures. But in one way or another, he touched everyone’s life. Whether you remember him from his goofy roles as “Mork” from Mork and Mindy or “Genie” from Aladdin, or his more serious performances such as Dr. Malcolm Sayer in Awakenings or his Academy Award-winning turn in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a master. He could even terrify you, as he did in Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, as well as the 2002 thriller, One Hour Photo. At the time of his death, Williams had recently signed on to reprise one of his most famous roles for Mrs. Doubtfire 2.
Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you’re sad, please tell someone. — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 11, 2014
“He was a genius. He could do things that nobody else could do,” said James Lipton of Inside the Actors Studio late Monday night. “He just knew everything, and no matter what was happening, no matter what we were talking about, he could just reach out and seize something … turn it into humor.”
“Destiny has taken the best of the best away from us,” said Lipton of Robin’s apparent depression. “How do you process that?”
RIP mr Williams – beyond great talent -such a kind and lovely person
— John Cusack (@johncusack) August 11, 2014
Williams was 63.
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