Robin Williams Dies at 63: Hollywood Reacts to Tragic Loss
Robin Williams, who has entertained us for decades from Mork & Mindy and Mrs. Doubtfire to more serious roles, like Dead Poets’ Society and Good Will Hunting, has died. He was 63.
According to early reports, the actor took his own life at his home in Tiburon, California.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his rep says in a statement. “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.”
Williams’ wife Susan Schneider, who he married in October 2011, reflected on her “husband and best friend” in her own personal statement. “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”
In early July, the actor checked into rehab to “focus on continued commitment” to his sobriety.
“There really are no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams,” Fox, which will release the upcoming third Night at the Museum film, also says in a statement. “He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be deeply missed.”
After news broke on Monday, actors and comedians took to Twitter to express their sadness and reflect on how Williams inspired them:
I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 11, 2014
I can’t handle this today. I will forever remember this moment as losing my childhood. Robin Williams was my hero and idol growing up. RIP.
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) August 11, 2014
I’m trying to express in text, my sadness at the loss of Robin Williams. Deep sorrow and disbelief are keeping the words away.
— Jeff Dunham (@jeffdunham) August 11, 2014
I’ll miss you, Pahpoh. You were such a part of all of our lives. There will never be another you. A sad, sad day. #RobinWilliams
— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams was the first famous person I ever met. On the set of DEAD POETS SOCIETY, I was an extra, was 18 and he encouraged me. Im sad
— Jamie Kennedy (@JamieKennedy) August 11, 2014
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) August 11, 2014
How I’ll always remember the man who got GOOD WILL HUNTING made: http://t.co/q6XEHea4ls RIP RobinWilliams. Thank you, Oh Captain my Captain!
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 11, 2014
We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile. pic.twitter.com/UOY8LTjVRA
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) August 11, 2014
His heart was as big as his genius. So sad. Rest in Peace Robin Williams.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) August 11, 2014
I’m shocked. This can’t be happening! What a huge loss. #robinwilliams
— Wendi McLendon-Covey (@wendimclendonco) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams! Your work! Your heart! Your brain! So much left for you to do. So much more to love you for! Heartbroken. Rest in peace.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 11, 2014
“The moon, like a testicle, hangs low in the sky…” 1st Robin Williams bit I ever saw. He changed the course of comedy & my life with it.
— Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) August 11, 2014
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” — Robin Williams
— George RR Martin (@GeorgeRRMartin_) August 11, 2014
it was an honor to know him even a little. such a kind, gentle & brilliant man. my heart is heavy. RIP Robin Williams.
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) August 11, 2014
In shock about Robin Williams. Praying for his family and hoping his soul finds peace. It’s just so sad and hard to fathom.
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) August 11, 2014
RIP Robin Williams. The best of the best. Sad. pic.twitter.com/FG3xt6ZdfF
— Verne Troyer (@VerneTroyer) August 11, 2014
Rest in peace Robin Williams.
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) August 11, 2014
I’m so sorry to hear about Robin Williams!! #TeamDl
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) August 11, 2014