Heartbreak All Over Hollywood In The Wake of Robin Williams's Death

The comedian was just 63 years old.

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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. DoubtfireJumanjiDead Poet's SocietyAladdin, 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.

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Diana Pearl
Diana Pearl

I'm an Associate Editor at the Business of Fashion, where I edit and write stories about the fashion and beauty industries. Previously, I was the brand editor at Adweek, where I was the lead editor for Adweek's brand and retail coverage. Before my switch to business journalism, I was a writer/reporter at PEOPLE.com, where I wrote news posts, galleries and articles for PEOPLE magazine's website. My work has been published on TheAtlantic.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, PEOPLE.com, GoodHousekeeping.com and in Every Day with Rachael Ray. It has been syndicated by Cosmopolitan.com, TIME.com, TravelandLeisure.com and GoodHousekeeping.com, among other publications. Previously, I've worked at VOGUE.com, ELLE.com, and MarieClaire.com.