In a heartbreaking turn of events, iconic actor of both TV and film Robin Williams has passed away today at the age of 63. The Hollywood Reporter states that the shocking death may have unfortunately been a result of suicide.
Variety quotes his wife Susan Schneider’s statement, “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Williams was a comedic treasure starring in sitcoms early in his career like Mork & Mindy and successfully leaping to film with comedy classics like Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Disney’s Aladdin.
Outside of his wonderful, over-the-top comedic performances, Williams was also a phenomenal dramatic actor as shown in works like his heartfelt role in Awakenings, his Oscar winning turn in Good Will Hunting, his insanely creepy performance in One Hour Photo and his menacing role in Insomnia. Perhaps his finest performance, combining both sides of the actor’s abilities, was in the 2009 dark comedy World’s Greatest Dad.
This news is deeply saddening and we at Sound On Sight send our condolences to Williams’ family and friends.