Stars Remember Robin Williams

in memoriam

Celebrities honor the life of the legendary actor and comedian.

Aug 12, 2014 | 12:29 AM

Stars and fans around the world are mourning the tragic death of Oscar-winning actor and comedic legend Robin Williams. The "Night at the Museum" star was found unconscious and not breathing in his Tiburon, California home following a 911 call made on Monday. Williams was 63 years old. 

According to the Marin County Sheriff's Office coroner division, the cause of death is believed to be suicide due to asphyxia. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

Williams' rep, Mara Buxbaum, confirmed the shocking news of the actor's passing this afternoon, revealing that the star had recently been battling severe depression. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time,” Buxbaum wrote in a statement to the press. In July, Williams had checked himself back into rehab after a lifelong struggle with drug and alcohol abuse.

“I am utterly heartbroken," his wife Susan Schneider said in a statement. "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.”

Williams first shot to stardom in the 1978 TV series "Mork & Mindy," and enjoyed a successful and varied career in which he was able to show off his comedic chops in classic films such as "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Hook," and Disney's animated hit "Aladdin," as well as flex his dramatic muscles in movies including "Dead Poets Society" and "Good Will Hunting"—the latter of which earned him an Oscar in 1998.

Most recently, Williams had starred alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in the CBS comedy "The Crazy Ones" and had wrapped filming on "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," which is scheduled to open in theaters on December 19.

Williams leaves behind his wife and three children, Zelda Rae Williams, Cody Alan Williams, and Zachary Pym Williams. The actor's final Instagram post two weeks ago commemorated daughter Zelda Rae's 25th birthday with a photo showing a proud Williams with his baby girl. Fans are now using the post to pay tribute to the late actor.

Williams' friends and colleagues also took to social media to honor his work and memory. Scroll down to see how some of them remembered the beloved star. 

 

  

 

AnnaSophia Robb
AnnaSophia Robb - The sparkle in his eye will live on in the films he made, the stories he told, and the laughs we share(d) with him. Thank you for adding extra spark to my childhood. You grew my imagination and the world's ability to revel in whimsy. #riprobin 

Always remember to share your spark, it just might ignite the world.

The sparkle in his eye will live on in the films he made, the stories he told, and the laughs we share(d) with him. Thank you for adding extra spark to my chil…

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Abigail Spencer
Abigail Spencer - Robin Williams. #RIP Awakenings & The Adventures of Baron Munchausen were my favorites... What were yours? • A great loss. He brought so much life. My heart & deepest condolences to his wife & children.

Robin Williams. #RIP Awakenings & The Adventures of Baron Munchausen were my favorites... What were yours? • A great loss. He brought so much life. My heart & …

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Shannon Elizabeth
Shannon Elizabeth - We are saddened at our loss of a true legend. The angels will forever be entertained by his comedic genius that transcends time & space. #RIPRobinWilliams

We are saddened at our loss of a true legend. The angels will forever be entertained by his comedic genius that transcends time & space. #RIPRobinWilliams

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Denise Faro
Denise Faro - #RIPRobinWilliams thank you to give us the possibility to enjoy your talent during so many years! U will be always alive in our hearts !!

#RIPRobinWilliams thank you to give us the possibility to enjoy your talent during so many years! U will be always alive in our hearts !!

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Jahmene Douglas
Jahmene Douglas - This is a complete shock ! 
RIP Robin Williams 63! 
I can't believe it !!
Been brought up with his movies and comedy! Heartbreaking! So sad and extremely shocking. 1951-2014 
Forever a Legend.

This is a complete shock ! RIP Robin Williams 63! I can't believe it !! Been brought up with his movies and comedy! Heartbreaking! So sad and extremely shock…

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Tim Daly

So sad about Robin Williams. Heartbreaking to think he was in so much pain.

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James Taylor
James Taylor - "I felt two things immediately when I got the news last night:
first that the light had dimmed and, on its heels, a sense that this was inevitable; that Robin had lived for a long time with a darkness at the periphery of his vision.

What must it have been like to be present when he improvised the genie in "Aladdin" or Lovelace in "Happy Feet?" His Texan, his gay stylist, his Soviet comedian, Mrs. Doubtfire…He was a one-man menagerie.

Perhaps, just as we were swept away, so was he.

I remember the small, uncontrollable chuckle that often accompanied his flights of fancy; as if he were as amazed as we were by what was happening to him.

Who can pretend to understand a gift like Robin Williams's? Meteoric, volcanic, fast and furious…Perhaps there is a price for such brilliance.

I'm so sad he's gone and so grateful he left us so much." ~ James Taylor

"I felt two things immediately when I got the news last night: first that the light had dimmed and, on its heels, a sense that this was inevitable; that Robin …

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Brad Wollack

As a 16 yr. old in SF, I was shooting a video on the street. Robin Williams drove by. I waved, he pulled over and ran out to say hi. #RIP

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Jahmene Douglas
Jahmene Douglas - This is a complete shock ! 
RIP Robin Williams 63! 
I can't believe it !!
Been brought up with his movies and comedy! Heartbreaking! So sad and extremely shocking. 1951-2014 
Forever a Legend.

This is a complete shock ! RIP Robin Williams 63! I can't believe it !! Been brought up with his movies and comedy! Heartbreaking! So sad and extremely shock…

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Tom Hanks

Let's remember the fiery genius, the long, long strings of laughter, the awe at the energy and the performances that lit up the room, the screen, the world. Le…

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Bette Midler

Oh dear God. The wonderful Robin Williams has gone.

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Luke Evans

Goodbye Robin Williams! One of the true great entertainers. Seize the day boys!

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AnnaSophia Robb
AnnaSophia Robb - The sparkle in his eye will live on in the films he made, the stories he told, and the laughs we share(d) with him. Thank you for adding extra spark to my childhood. You grew my imagination and the world's ability to revel in whimsy. #riprobin 

Always remember to share your spark, it just might ignite the world.

The sparkle in his eye will live on in the films he made, the stories he told, and the laughs we share(d) with him. Thank you for adding extra spark to my chil…

7w

 

Abigail Spencer
Abigail Spencer - Robin Williams. #RIP Awakenings & The Adventures of Baron Munchausen were my favorites... What were yours? • A great loss. He brought so much life. My heart & deepest condolences to his wife & children.

Robin Williams. #RIP Awakenings & The Adventures of Baron Munchausen were my favorites... What were yours? • A great loss. He brought so much life. My heart & …

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Dylan McDermott

Rest in peace Robin Williams... The few times I spoke with him he was incredibly kind. You will be missed.

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Alicia Witt

no. Robin Williams? can't believe this. it's a testament to his great spirit & gift that even those who never knew him are heartbroken #RIP

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Austin Nichols

Robin Williams has always been one of my heroes. And he always will be. Love you brother.

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Kevin Spacey

Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure.

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Nick Groff

RIP Robin Williams. You are an amazing artist and will be missed.

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Barbara Eden

My thoughts and prayers go out to Robin Williams family and friends. He was a TREMENDOUS comedic talent & WONDERFUL ACTOR! I loved his work! It is moments like…

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Sklar Brothers

RIP Robin Williams. We admired him from afar, got to know him just a little. He was nothing short of sweetness, warmth comedy genius.

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D.L. Hughley

I'm so sorry to hear about Robin Williams!! #TeamDl

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Eva Longoria

#RIP Robin Williams...you will be remembered by many...

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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.

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Deborah Norville

Tragic to hear of Robin Williams' death. Too young, gone too soon - your movies will always make us smile #RIP

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Anjelah Johnson

No! Say it isn't so. RIP to The great Robin Williams. Prayers for his family and friends as they grieve. So sad. #heavyheart #fellowcomedian

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Jennifer Gimenez

Omg so so so sad R.I.P Robin Williams!!! My prayers to his family and friends. May you now rest in peace!

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Brittany Mason

RIP Robin Williams, so heartbreaking. You brought so much joy to the world, you will be missed.

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