Robin Williams Dead at 63: Celebrities React to Comedian's Shocking Death, Including President Obama, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Pam Dawber
UPDATED Aug. 12, 2014 AT 9:10AM
Celebrities, comics, and fans flooded social media outlets on Monday, Aug. 11, after learning of Robin Williams' shocking and sudden death at age 63 from an apparent suicide. His longtime publicist Mara Buxbaum confirmed the Oscar winner's death to Us Weekly in a statement, which read: "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."
Find out what his former costars, friends, admirers, and peers remembered of the late actor and comic below.
Pam Dawber: "I am completely and totally devastated," Williams' Mork and Mindy costar said. "What more can be said?"
President Barack Obama: "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," Obama said in an official statement Monday evening. "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."
Sally Field: "I feel stunned and so sad about Robin. 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."
Steven Spielberg: "Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can't believe he's gone."
Mara Wilson @MaraWritesStuff: 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.
Kathy Bates @MsKathyBates: Magnificent Robin RIP. The Black Dog won the war. So sad. Thank you for the quarter you loaned me to call my mom at the '90 Globes.
Rain Pryor @RainPryor: RIP Robin Williams hope daddy and Carlin were there to greet you. My heart is broken.
Sarah Michelle Gellar @RealSMG:
Steve Martin @SteveMartinToGo: I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
Kevin Spacey @KevinSpacey: Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure.
Danny DeVito @DannyDeVito: Heartbroken
Judd Apatow @JuddApatow: When I was 18 I got a job as an intern at Comic Relief just to be near him. A genius and a truly kind man who made the world a better place.
Ben Stiller @RedHourBen: A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin Williams heart and soul and talent. This is so sad. #RobinWilliams. I met him when I was 13 and a huge fan and he was so kind and I watched him be kind to every fan i ever saw him with...And with other actors he was so generous and brilliant. He made everyone feel special and equal around him even though he was the genius...His heart was so big and even if you didn’t know him, what he gave everyone was that same spirit in his work, so we all felt it…His impact on the world was so positive. He did so much good for people. He made me and so many people laugh so hard for a very long time. And because they don’t really tweet, this message represents all the Stillers (Jerry, Anne and Amy) who Robin was a great friend to. Xxxxx
Mira Sorvino @MiraSorvino: I cannot believe we have lost Robin Williams.What a man, what a comedic genius.I counted him among my friends and have such great memories..Robin Williams was sweet and kind and generous and Oh so brilliant, able to incorporate anything and everything into his mind-boggling rants. Robin was a good man and this should not have happened. Devastated. Sending love to his family.
John Travolta: "I've never known a sweeter, brighter, more considerate person than Robin. Robin's commitment as an artist to lifting our mood and making us happy is compared to none. He loved us all and we loved him back."
Chevy Chase: "Robin and I were great friends, suffering from the same little-known disease: depression. I never could have expected this ending to his life, and to ours with him. God bless him and God bless us all for his LIFE! I cannot believe this. I am overwhelmed with grief. What a wonderful man/boy and what a tremendous talent in the most important art of any time - comedy! I loved him."
Bill Cosby@BillCosby: I'm stunned!
Melissa Joan Hart @MelissaJoanHart: Beyond upset about one of my idols passing away tragically!! RIP Robin Williams
Lindsay Lohan @lindsaylohan: Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences.
Joel McHale @joelmchale: RIP @robinwilliams You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes. #RobinWilliams
Anna Kendrick @AnnaKendrick47: O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells. Rise up, for you the flag is flung, for you the bugle trills.
Kirstie Alley @kirstiealley: RIP sweetie .... you made the world laugh for decades... Rest a while xxxooo
Jane Lynch @janemarielynch: Our loss. Orson's gain. #RIPRobinWilliams
Rita Wilson @RitaWilson: I am heartbroken. Dear, sweet friend, Robin Williams, gone. Our prayers for peace to all his friends and family, his beautiful children.
Chris Colfer @chriscolfer: Robin Williams was my hero growing up. You know someone is special when the whole world considers them family.
Jeremy Piven @jeremypiven: my father took me to see Robin Willaims do an improve set. Never seen anything like it, he was a spirit like no other. Will never forget him
John Stamos @JohnStamos: god no. The first autograph I ever got: Dear money, send mom. Robin Williams
Lori Loughlin @LoriLoughlin: I'm shocked and saddened over the loss of Robin Williams. I had the great pleasure of working with him on Old Dogs. #RobinWilliams
Mindy Kaling @mindykaling: I am named after a character from a Robin Williams TV show when my parents still lived in Africa. He meant so much, to so many, so far away.
Lena Dunham @lenadunham: Just shared a moment of silence on the set for Robin Williams, a man who brought so much laughter, joy and healing to so many.
Kathy Griffin @kathygriffin: I met this sweet, generous & brilliant man Robin Williams in 1991. Here we are with HIS idol Jonathan Winters. #RIP
Queen Latifah @IAMQUEENLATIFAH: Thanks for the years of feel good laughter. RIP Robin Williams.
Meredith Vieira @meredithvieira: I know he and his buddy Jonathan Winters are making the angels laugh out loud
Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow: I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.
Scott Weinger @ScottWeinger: Farewell to my childhood hero and my Genie. The world won't be the same without him.
Debbie Allen @msdebbieallen: OMG I am so devastated What a loss for the world #riprobinwilliams
Mandy Moore @TheMandyMoore: Honored to have worked w such a bright light and brilliant man. Love and prayers to his family and friends. #RIPRobinWilliams
John Mayer @JohnMayer: The first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was Robin Williams’ inhabiting of Popeye. #RIPRobinWilliams. How awesome a contribution Robin Williams made to the world, that millions of people (and I) are now feeling real, deep human loss. So sad.
Goldie Hawn @goldiehawn: Oh Robin...Our hearts are broken. Rest in peace darling. We loved you.
Sesame Street @sesamestreet: We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile.
Cher @cher: Oh Robin. He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad. GOOOOD MORNING VIET NAM AWAKENINGS. MRS DOUBTFIRE, GOOD WILL HUNTING, BIRDCAGE, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, GARP!My Faves Couldn't feel our4Him
Jessica Chastain @jes_chastain: Robin Williams changed my life. He was a great actor and a generous person. Through a scholarship, he made it possible for me to graduate college. His generous spirit will forever inspire me to support others as he supported me. He will forever be missed.