Actor and comedian Robin William was found, on Tuesday 12th, dead in his home in what police have described as a suspected suicide. The 63 year old had battled drug addiction and depression throughout his career and following his death, Barack Obama described Williams as ‘one of a kind’, saying he was ‘an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.’
Williams, father to Zachary Pym, 31, Zelda Rae, 25, and Cody Alan, 22, starred in multiple blockbuster movies throughout his career including the likes of Mrs Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, Aladdin, Hook and Dead Poet’s Society. He won his first and only Academy Award for his performance in Good Will Hunting alongside Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Although his death comes as a massive shock to the world, it is no secret that William’s struggled with mental health problems throughout his career. His publicist commented, after his death, that he had been struggling with ‘severe depression of late.’ Whilst Williams battled drug and alcohol addiction throughout the majority of his fame, he had spent the last three weeks in a rehab facility, ‘fine-tuning his sobriety’.
…he was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between…
Fellow actors and celebrities flocked to Twitter to express their condolences, including Evan Rachel Wood who posted simply”Genie. You’re free.” in reference to William’s role in Disney’s Aladdin, for which he won a special Golden Globe award for his voice work. Mara Wilson, who played his youngest daughter in Mrs Doubtfire tweeted, “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.’
After making an appearance on Ellen Degeneres’s chat show in the states only a few weeks ago, Ellen tweeted, “I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.” American talk show host Conan O’Brien announced on his late night show just after the news was made public and tweeted afterwards saying, “Absolutely stunned to hear the news about Robin Williams. It’s unimaginable to me that we’ve lost such a genuinely funny and sweet man.”
…He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken…
Fans have flocked to William’s home, his Hollywood star and even to the famous bench in Boston Public Gardens from the scene in Good Will Hunting to lay flowers and reminisce about the life of one of the world’s brightest stars. Robin’s wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement to the public, “This morning I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.” His 25 year old daughter, Zelda, went on to tweet a quote from The Little Prince, which reads, “‘You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night… You – only you will have stars that can laugh.’
So, as you sit down in front of the television this evening and ponder over the same old channels, it’s going to be difficult not to switch on a Robin William’s classic that will take you straight back to your childhood. Tissues are a must have, as the world mourns the death of one of it’s brightest comedic stars.