The beloved actor was found dead in his California home of an apparent suicide. Representatives for the actor said the 63-year-old recently struggled with depression.
From The White House:
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. 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.
Williams’ daughter, Zelda, also memorialized her father with a heartfelt passage from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 12, 2014
The actor’s last Instagram photo was one of the father/daughter duo, posted on Zelda’s birthday:
The photograph was paired with the caption: “Quarter of a century old but always my baby girl.”
According to Variety, Williams’ sudden death has halted the production of the long-awaited sequel to 1993’s Mrs. Doubtfire.
Robin Williams had been attached to star in the “Mrs. Doubtfire 2,” the long-gestating sequel to the late comedian’s 1993 hit. Sources say that though no decision has been made on the future of the project, written by David Berenbaum, it most likely won’t go ahead after the actor was found dead Monday.
Chris Columbus was set to return as director for Fox 2000. “His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of “genius”,” Columbus said in a statement. “We were friends for 21 years. Our children grew up together, he inspired us to spend our lives in San Francisco and I loved him like a brother. The world was a better place with Robin in it. And his beautiful legacy will live on forever.”
Our condolences to Williams’ family and friends.