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Award-Winning Actor & Comedian, Robin Williams Dead at 63

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:31

Robin Williams

The entertainment world went into a tailspin late Monday afternoon as news of the death of comedian, actor & Mensch, Robin Williams became public.

The 63 year old, was found dead in his California home Monday morning.

Williams was universally loved not only for his acting chops and his manic brand of comedy, but for his commitment to his craft.  The outpouring of admiration and appreciation for the man and his work has been remarkable. There have been over 2.4 million tweets in less than 24 hours, all offering memories with words of sadness and condolence.

One of the first celebrities to weigh in on social media was comedian Steve Martin, “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”

Right now fans are gathering at the site of Williams’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to commiserate and share memories of a man who many would call a genius.

Williams studied acting at Julliard and honed his craft as a standup comic in the early part of his careers.

His big break came in the roll of the lovably energized alien character Mork in the 70’s and 80’s sitcom Mork and Mindy. In that role he showcased his ability to not just tell a joke but to BECOME that joke, somehow physically living inside the gag. Soon, Williams would go on to conquer film. He showed tremendous range in The Fisher King, in which he played a homeless man with a dark past; his Oscar winning performance as the inspired teacher in Good Will Hunting solidified his presence as a “serious” actor; his manic energy was put to good use as the shock jock in Good Morning Vietnam. And for his role in Moscow on the Hudson, Williams learned to speak Russian and play the saxophone. His voice work in Disney’s Aladdin in the role of the genie won him a specifically created Golden Globe Award. For many the zany comedian was a huge part of their pop culture upbringing. 

But like so many, behind all of his success, Robin Williams was in a battle for his life with drug and alcohol abuse throughout his career. In 2009 Williams underwent heart surgery to replace his aortic valve and he renewed his vow to remain clean and sober. At the time of his death Williams had just completed a stint in rehab to help him maintain his sobriety. More recently there were reports of severe depression.

His wife Susan Schneider confirmed Williams’ death late Monday afternoon, "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. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

Robin Williams leaves behind three adult children, a loving wife and millions of adoring fans.

Twitter Reacts to the death of Robin Williams:

From Canadian comic Russell Peters, "Very sad to hear the news about Robin Williams. Big loss for not just the entertainment world but for the whole world"

From Steve Martin, “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.

Ellen DeGeneres, “I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan, “I didn’t know I could be so sad, angry, stunned and grateful at the same time. RIP Robin Williams. If you are in pain please seek help.

Scott Simon from NPR, “I’m trying hard not to think about the demons that brought him down but all the demons he overcame to make us laugh.”


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