Comedy legend and Oscar winner Robin Williams passed away on Monday morning in Northern California, CNN reports. Williams, who won an Oscar in 1998 for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, and recently starred in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, was 63.
While details surrounding Williams’ death remain sparse, his rep released the following 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.”
Williams, who made headlines recently after signing on to do a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel (Williams won a People’s Choice Award in 1994 for the movie), had reportedly completed four films before his death, including the third installment of the Night at the Museum.
According to EW, Fox, which is set to release the film this December, released the following statement: “There really are no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be deeply missed.”President Obama also released a statement honoring the actor, who — along with Good Will Hunting — was widely recognized for his work in films including The Dead Poets Society, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Aladdin, to name just a few, as well as the TV series Mork & Mindy.
In the statement, Obama describes Williams as one of a kind. “He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human statement,” writes Obama.
See the full release below:
Many celebrities, including Williams’ former Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar, have taken to social media to mourn the actor:
Man. The smallest gesture can mean the world to you. Robin Williams made such an impact on me and didn't even know it. He named checked all of us in the elevator during the 2001 Grammys. I know y'all think I do this false modesty/T Swift "gee shucks" thing to the hilt. But yeah sometimes when you put 20 hour days in you do think it's for naught and that it goes thankless. Grammy time is somewhat of a dark time simply because you just walk around asking yourself is it worth it or not: all the sweat and blood. I just felt like (despite winning grammy the year before) no one really cares all that much for us except for a select few. Especially in that environment I'm which people treat you like minions until they discover what you can do for them…if you're not a strong character you run the risk of letting it get to you. This particular Sunday we were walking backstage and had to ride the elevator to the backstage area and we piled inside when suddenly this voice just said "questlove…..black thought….rahzel….the roots from Philadelphia!!!! That's right you walked on this elevator saying to yourself "ain't no way this old white dude knows my entire history and discography"….we laughed so hard. That NEVER happened to is before. Someone a legend acknowledged us and really knew who we were (his son put him on to us) man it was a small 2 min moment in real life but that meant the world to me at the time. Everytime I saw him afterwards he tried to top his trivia knowledge on all things Roots associated. Simply because he knew that meant everything to me. May his family find peace at this sad time. I will miss Robin Williams. #RIP.
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