Hollywood Mourns Robin Williams

4:28 PM PST 08/11/2014 by Aaron Couch
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The Oscar winner died of a suspected suicide Monday

Robin Williams is being mourned by his colleagues and admirers, who are taking to social media to pay tribute to the versatile actor. The Oscar winner died of a suspected suicide Monday. He was 63.

Williams' publicist Mara Buxbaum told The Hollywood Reporter: "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."

President Barack Obama remembered Williams this way, saying in a statement: "He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit."

Matt Damon later released the following statement about his Good Will Hunting co-star: "Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him. I truly hope the people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time."

Aladdin composer Alan Menken also shared a statement: "If I had only watched Robin Williams on the TV screen, in the movies or on stage, I would consider myself blessed for having simply experienced his brilliance, his joy, his humor and his heart. The fact that I had the honor of sharing the creative process with him is an honor and a privilege that I will cherish for the rest of my life."

His daughter, Zelda Williams, shared this quote Monday night.

(Winkler shared more of his thoughts on Williams here.)

 
 
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