The world let out a collective gasp today when the Marin County sheriff's office annouced the shocking death and apparent suicide of one of Hollywood's most legendary funny men, Robin Williams. Williams was the star of classic films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Dead Poet's Society, Aladdin, and Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, among many others. He captivated our childhoods with his endless humor, ever-present smile, and one-of-a-kind characters. He was just 63 years old.
His wife, Susan Schneider, issued a tear-jerking statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings," she says. I am utterly heartbroken." His family asks for privacy during this tragic time. There's been an outpouring of love for the late actor all over Twitter, particularly from those who knew or worked with Robin Williams during his cut-short life have been sharing their condolences on Twitter.
When I was 18 I got a job as an intern at Comic Relief just to be near him. A genius and a truly kind man who made the world a better place.— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 12, 2014
A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin Williams heart and soul and talent. This is so sad. #RobinWilliams— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) August 12, 2014
Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure.— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) August 12, 2014
One of the greatest nights of my youth was spent with dear Robin Williams. Let's all get closer to our friends who are down, and share love.— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) August 12, 2014
Remembering our good friend, Robin Williams. pic.twitter.com/2wPGtOPR5Y— Letterman (@Letterman) August 12, 2014
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
I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know and work with Robin Williams. He had contagious energy and positivity. Today I feel sad.— Brian Baumgartner (@BBBaumgartner) August 12, 2014
My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family.— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) August 11, 2014
No! Robin Williams you were so loved.
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 11, 2014
"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny ... and everything in between. But he was one of a kind." —President Obama— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 12, 2014