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Robin Williams Passes Away at 63

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Comedy legend and Oscar winner Robin Williams passed away this morning at 63. Multiple outlets, including Entertainment Weekly and Variety report that Williams’ publicist confirmed the actor’s passing in a statement:

“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief,” Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider said in a statement. “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.”

Although he was likely best known for his comedic roles in film and television — including his rise to fame as Mork in Mork & Mindy and his early comedic films like Good Morning, Vietnam, Popeye, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and more — Williams was also an accomplished stand-up comedian and branched out into dramatic roles in a number of films, including Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King and Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Oscar for his portrayal of Sean Maguire. Williams had a very long an successful career in Hollywood — both in live-action and animation, voicing the iconic role of the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, Ramon in Happy Feet and more. In addition to an Academy Award, Williams also won many Golden Globe awards, including the Cecil B. Demille Award in 2005, and the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording on five different occasions.

Although Williams’ career boasts over 100 film and television credits since his first major film in 1977, it’s only a fraction of his impact on the world. He was the co-founder of the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to help raise money for a number of different charities. The actor participated in Comic Relief, and donated all proceeds of his “Weapons of Self Destruction” Christchurch performance to help rebuild the city in response to the 2010 Canterbury Earthquake. He also performed with the USO for American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More recently, Williams starred in The Crazy Ones, the CBS comedy that co-starred Sarah Michelle Gellar. He had signed on to play Teddy Roosevelt for “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and reprise his role as Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to “Mrs. Doubtfire” before his death.

Williams is survived by his wife and his three children.

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  • a moment closer

    May he be at peace. Regardless of how or why he died if it was his decision I only hope he truly wanted it. I will miss seeing him at work and his overall character.

  • TheWolverine

    It seems like just yesterday, I was sitting in the theater and watching Jumanji, and on Saturday mornings hearing him voice Genie on ABC’s “One Saturday Morning”. This news comes as a kick in the stomach. I will always remember the laughter and joy he brought to me in the roles he played as I grew up. My condolences go out to his family and his many fans. He will be greatly missed. May you rest in peace Robin, I know you’ve done more than enough to deserve it.

  • Fistigons

    Mr Williams was a pretty great man. He performed a USO tour for us troops in Bahgdad. After the show I got a chance to meet him at the chow hall where he ate with a bunch of us. Had a great time comparing hairy arms with the guy. He beat me of course.

  • SorryNotSorry

    What a lovely story. I’m glad you got to experience that. I can imagine he has touched countless lives in similar ways.

  • Sentry616

    Robin Williams walks into a bar and the bartender says “Why the blue face?”

  • Liam

    This reminds me of the plot from his movie ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ where the son dies from autoerotic asphyxiation and the dad, Robin Williams, makes it look like the son committed suicide. I hope this is what happened to Robin Williams.

  • cyberwulf

    far be it from me to be paranoid but something about this story about depression stinks

  • spyder

    I shouldn’t give you the attention you so pathetically crave but nice joke I’m sure you’re mom would be proud.

  • spyder

    Very doubtful his struggles with substance abuse and depression are well documented. And I don’t know how him dying from autoerotic asphyxiation would be any better.

  • Sentry616

    I like to think Mr. Williams would get that joke and laugh about it, because who, if not him, could understand the power of humour to heal, even in the face of tragedy. Or maybe I’m just a troll giving people someone to shake their finger at.

  • Sentry616

    Funnier, but no, not better.

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  • Catalyst

    Not to disappoint, but to just inform, Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) voiced Genie in the series.

  • Catalyst

    Seriously? F**k off.

  • Spyder

    Yea or more likely you are hiding your fear of death behind a crass comment. I would like to think if you were trying to provide the healing power of laughter as some tribute to Williams you could have come up with something better than a guy walks into a bar joke you heard someone else tell.

  • Spyder

    I’m all for a good conspiracy theory but Williams was never shy about admitting he suffered from depression. As Achem said the simplest explanation is almost always the right one.

  • Sentry616

    There’s no accounting for taste.

  • spyder

    Very true.

  • Sentry616

    Indeed.

  • Spencer

    Rest easy, Robin. How sad the world couldn’t return all the joy you gave it :(

  • TheWolverine

    Yeah…. I forgot about that. Dan even did genie in the sequel to Aladdin as well. Thanks for the clarification.