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Comedian Robin Williams passed away this week and his costars have been reflecting on his passing.
Williams had been suffering from depression and decided to take his own life at the age of 63, TheCelebrityCafe.com reported.
Williams’ rep said in a statement that Williams had been severely depressed lately and that his family asked for privacy at this time, according to Entertainment Weekly.
There has been an outpouring of sorrow and support from Hollywood for the beloved actor, especially from his costars.
One of Williams’ best-loved movies, Mrs. Doubtfire, was going to get a sequel before the actor's death. Williams’ on-screen wife, Sally Field, expressed her heartbreak to E!Online.
“I feel stunned and so sad about Robin," Field said. "I’m sad for the world of comedy. And so very sad for his family. And I’m sad for Robin. He always lit up when he was able to make people laugh, and he made them laugh his whole life long...tirelessly. He was one of a kind. There will not be another. Please God, let him now rest in peace."
Williams’ onscreen daughters also voiced their grievances on Twitter regarding the loss.
There are no words.
— Lisa Jakub (@Lisa_Jakub) August 11, 2014
Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) August 11, 2014
Harvey Fiersten, who played Williams’ brother in Mrs. Doubtfire, tweeted about his friendship with the comedian.
Robin was friend, boss, brother, inspiration... His generosity & intelligence knew no limits. Only his home planet could destroy him.
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) August 12, 2014
Good Will Hunting co-star Minnie Driver tweeted about the loss of the great actor. Williams won his Oscar for his role as a psychologist that helps Matt Damon’s character with academics.
My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family.
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) August 11, 2014
Night at the Museum costar Ben Stiller tweeted about his heartbreak over Hollywood’s great loss. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the third installment of the museum series and is set to come out in December, with Williams playing President Theodore Roosevelt.
A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin Williams heart and soul and talent. This is so sad. #RobinWilliams
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) August 12, 2014
Williams’ role as Genie in the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin made him popular among children. The voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger, tweeted about the loss of his co-star.
Farewell to my childhood hero and my Genie. The world won't be the same without him.
— Scott Weinger (@ScottWeinger) August 11, 2014
Good Morning, Vietnam, for which Williams won a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy, also starred Forest Whitaker. He tweeted an ode to Williams.
U touched our lives U touched our hearts U gave us laughter n joy U'r a beautiful soul U will be missed Our love to the family RIP Robin W.
— Forest Whitaker (@ForestWhitaker) August 12, 2014
In the dramedy Jack, Williams played a fifth grader who has aged into a 40-year-old man. Jennifer Lopez played Jack’s teacher, Miss Marquez.
Sad, sad, day... My condolences to Robin’s family. He brought light to every room he entered & was a true comedic genius. #RIPRW
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) August 12, 2014
Williams’ onscreen daughter from The Crazy Ones, Sarah Michelle Gellar, tweeted a photo montage of the Oscar-winning actor. The Crazy Ones was a sitcom on CBS that only ran one season.
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) August 12, 2014
Williams’ toxicology report is yet to be released and his official cause of death is yet to be reported, although the sheriffs who found him told NY Daily News they were fairly certain he died of “suicide due to asphyxia.” In a press conference, police did say he died from hanging, with a belt around his neck.
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