BREAKING: Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide http://t.co/tgpX9UhDCS
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) August 11, 2014
Chicago-born comedian and actor Robin Williams died at the age of 63 on Monday, August 11.
Williams’ publicist would not verify whether or not his death was a suicide. According to Entertainment Weekly, he was reportedly battling severe depression during the months leading up to his death.
Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams was accepted into John Houseman’s prestigious acting program at Julliard, which lead him to a successful career as a performer.
He was noted for both his comedic and dramatic work, which included films such as “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Patch Adams.”
In 1998, Williams was awarded “Best Supporting Actor” at the Academy Awards for his role in “Good Will Hunting.”
Williams’ friends and colleagues were quick to react to his death:
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014
I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 11, 2014
Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences.
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) August 11, 2014
R.i.P Robin Williams.His genius as artist & comedian will B missed & his support of R troops no doubt was much appreciated by all who serve
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) August 11, 2014
I cannot believe Robin Williams is gone; he was both a very famous & yet still underrated actor; whether Mork or Garp, a real comedy genius.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 11, 2014
RIP Robin Williams, found dead today at his home. A comic genius has left the planet, but his laughter lives on. pic.twitter.com/zjfKxJdHnY
— Peter Howell (@peterhowellfilm) August 11, 2014
Omg so so so sad R.I.P Robin Williams!!! My prayers to his family and friends. May you now rest in peace!
— Jennifer Gimenez (@JenniferGimenez) August 11, 2014
Just heard about Robin Williams on airplane. He put 150 years of laughter into 63. Thanks & RIP. Clouds up here rollicking.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) August 11, 2014