Robin Williams Dead at 63 – Reactions from the Rock World
The world is mourning the death of Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams on Monday (Aug. 11). As the Los Angeles Times reports, Williams was found unresponsive in his Marin County (Calif.) home in an apparent suicide. The critically-acclaimed actor was 63 years old.
Williams began his career as a young comedian in the ’70s and eventually earned a place in the cast of ‘The Richard Pryor Show.’ He would see his rise to stardom begin with his role as Mork, an alien that appeared in an episode of ‘Happy Days.’ His character was such a success with audiences that he earned a spin-off series called ‘Mork & Mindy’ that aired from ’78-’82. During this series Williams won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.
Mork was just the start of Williams’ success as he’d go on to star in dozens of movies, lend his voice to several cartoons and continue his renowned stand-up career. From his portrayal of a cross-dressing nanny in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ to his expertly voiced Genie in ‘Aladdin,’ Williams touched millions of lives through his comedy, impressions and acting.
As expected with the death of an endearing celebrity like Williams, the world has reacted with sorrow for the sudden loss, but also with gratitude for the legacy he leaves behind. Andrew W.K., Dave Navarro, Jared Leto, Flea, Tom Morello and more from the rock community have all shared their sympathies online. Check out just a few of the tweets below.
Robin Williams made millions laugh and cry and feel. May he find comfort forever in heaven. Celebrate his amazing legacy. #MrsDoubtfireParty
— ANDREW W.K. (@AndrewWK) August 12, 2014
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) August 11, 2014
RIP Robin Williams. You will be missed.
— Rise Against (@riseagainst) August 12, 2014
Thank you to the beautifully original + brave artist that is #RobinWilliams. You taught us how to stand on the edge, fearless, + shine.
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) August 11, 2014
This guy… http://t.co/bo8r1dd8SS
— BASTILLE (@bastilledan) August 11, 2014
— The Afghan Whigs (@theafghanwhigs) August 11, 2014
My son just told me about Robin Williams. I'm hurt. Yeah, I'm hurt, what a guy. Fuck!!!!!!!
— Tim DeLaughter (@TimDeLaughter) August 11, 2014
Rest in peace Robin Williams, you were a favorite, a fixture in our childhood dreams, and one of the true "greats". Surely will be missed.
— Lucius (@ilovelucius) August 11, 2014
holy shit. R.I.P. robn williams. grew up with that man, what beautiful gifts he gave to us
— Flea (@flea333) August 11, 2014
RIP fellow Illinois Entertainer-In-Arms Robin Williams. Thankyou for bringing joy to so many with ur peerless wit. #DeadPoetsSocietyRules
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) August 12, 2014
Rest in peace Robin Williams, you made us laugh. #ABandCalledDeath
— DEATH (@thedeathband) August 12, 2014
Very sad about Robin Williams, rest in peace Garp.
— Mac DeMarco (@Msldemarco) August 12, 2014
He was a One-of-a-kind. RIP Robin Williams.
— The Haden Triplets (@HadenTriplets) August 12, 2014
"Fly! Be free!"
— Mike Doughty (@Mike_Doughty_) August 12, 2014
Thank you Robin Williams.
— Mayer World Peace (@MayerHawthorne) August 12, 2014
Rest in peace. Thank you so much for all the laughter and happiness you brought so many people.… http://t.co/ULzjprzq4Y
— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) August 12, 2014