There wouldn’t be a person in the World who has ever watched television or a movie that won’t be heartbroken to hear that Robin Williams has lost his battle with depression.
We couldn’t quite believe that Robin Williams – the man who has brought so many people so much happiness was found dead at his home in California around midday on Monday (US time).
It is just so sad that such a vibrant man’s life was cut short at only 63 years of age.
Williams’ wife of three-years confirmed the news, releasing the following statement:
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken … 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.”
Along with wife Susan Schneider, Williams leaves behind three children- Zachary (from his first marriage to Valerie Velardi), Zelda and Cody (both from his marriage to Marsha Garces).
In the wake of Williams’ shock death celebrities have taken to social media with their tributes:
US President Barack Obama also released a statement, commemorating the funnyman’s “immeasurable talent”:
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He 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 marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”
From is breakthrough in the 1970s in the TV hit ‘Mork and Mindy’, Williams’ larger than life personality brought him a legion of fans.
He made us laugh in Mrs Doubtfire, took us on a magic carpet ride in Aladdin and was riotously hilarious is Good Morning, Vietnam.
The much-loved actor also took a serious turn in Awakenings, Dead Poet’s Society and his Oscar-winning role in Good Will Hunting.
Williams’ last film, Secret of the Tomb, the third instalment of the popular Night at the Museum franchise, is due out in December this year.
We are sure you’ll join us in sending his family our thoughts and prayers at this incredibly difficult time.
Please remember if you or anyone you know is battling depression, there are so many people who want to help you. Talk to someone, reach out to them and share. In Australia, you should contact Beyond Blue, an organisation that specialises in helping people battle depression.