US actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead, aged 63, in an apparent suicide media reports indicate. County Police in California said he was pronounced dead at his home shortly after officials responded to an emergency call around noon local time.
Williams was famous for such films as Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society and won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting. He was battling sere depression by the time of his death.
In a statement, Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said she was “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.”
US President led the star studded tributes that started coming in early Tuesday morning immediately after the news of the death broke out. Obama said
“Williams arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.
“He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets.”
Steve Martin is among those who took to Twitter to express their sympathies, along with Ellen DeGeneres, Henry Winkler, John Stamos, his “The Crazy Ones” co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mara Wilson, who played his youngest daughter in the 1993 hit “Mrs. Doubtfire.”
“I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul”. Martins twitted
“I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken”. Said Ellen DeGeneres
David Steinberg, his manager of 35 years added: “Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soulmate, I will miss you.”
Crazy Ones Production Company 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement: “Robin Williams was a comedy giant, and although we only knew him personally for a season, he was warm, funny and a true professional. His cast and crew both loved him and loved working with him, and our hearts go out to his family and friends. He was one of a kind.”
Creator David E. Kelley said: “The talent was legendary. But equally inspiring, perhaps more so, was his kindness and humanity. A gentle soul who touched us all. A very special man, and our hearts are broken.”
Added CBS: “Our world has lost a comic genius, a gifted actor and a beautiful man. We will remember Robin Williams as one of the unique talents of his time who was loved by many, but also as a kind, caring soul, who treated his colleagues and co-workers with great affection and respect. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies go out to his family, loved ones and friends.”