Robin Williams Mourned By Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Jennifer Lopez, and More Celebs
Less than 24 hours after the news of Robin Williams' untimely death broke, more of his most famous friends and collaborators are honoring his memory on social media. 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."
Read on to see what his former costars, friends, and peers tweeted about the late actor and comic below.
Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg, who co-hosted the charity telethon Comic Relief with Williams throughout the years, tweeted about their fallen friend. Crystal, who also co-starred with Williams in Father's Day, wrote "No words."
A bit later, Goldberg cosigned him, writing, "BillyCrystal is right...There are No words." Since 1986, the comedians were the hosts of the charity telethon, which mostly aired on HBO and raised money for the homeless.
Another collaborator who honored Williams was Jennifer Lopez, who starred as his school teacher in the aging disorder film, Jack, in 1996, posting a movie still on Instagram.
"Sad, sad, day... My condolences to Robin’s family & friends," she captioned the photo. "He brought light to every room he entered & was a true comedic genius. The world will miss you, Robin! #RIPRW"
Hank Azaria, who starred in The Birdcage with Williams in 1996 as his flamboyantly gay and scantily-clad housekeeper Agador, also remembered the late actor: "What I'll remember about Robin most was his genuine kindness and love of people. On set and off."
Finally, Josh Charles, who played his student Knox in Dead Poets Society in 1989, paid homage to the film's iconic "O Captain" scene in his tweet: "Your humor, like hot jazz, was topped by your sensitivity, compassion & kindness. Standing on my desk for you, always. #RIPRobinWilliams"
Read what more of his peers have said:
Jimmy Fallon @jimmyfallon: Took a walk in NYC this morning under a tree lined street. Perfect breeze. Looked like it was raining flowers. I know that was you Robin.
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.
Bob Saget @bobsaget: His heart was as big as his genius. So sad. Rest in Peace Robin Williams.
Steve Carell @stevecarell: Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP.
Sarah Silverman @SarahKSilverman: Oh no this is terrible. #RIPRobinWilliams By all accounts he was pure love