The world lost a bright star in Robin Williams yesterday. The actor, 63, was found dead in an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California. According to the Marin County Sheriff’s office, authorities found Williams unresponsive, with the coroner ruling he died of asphyxia. His publicist, Mara Buxbaum, confirms that Williams had “been battling severe depression” and recently checked into a rehab facility.
Robin’s wife, Susan Schneider, says, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. 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.”
Country stars took to Twitter to express their condolences and talk about how much Williams meant to them…
Devastated right now. Loved you Robin
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) August 11, 2014
Man… Robin Williams. RIP. — Chuck Wicks (@chuckwicksmusic) August 11, 2014
Wow, I love Robin Williams, god bless that fella, he will be missed, BIG time!
— Brett Eldredge (@bretteldredge) August 11, 2014
Like the rest of the world I am saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He gave us so much laughter and brilliance that will live forever — Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) August 12, 2014
We are completely awestruck by the death of @robinwilliams. He was a great man, comedian & a joy to be around. He will be truly missed.
— Rascal Flatts (@rascalflatts) August 12, 2014
Tonight,, They are Laughing in Heaven, While We are smiling remembering all your Great work. Robin Williams, your talent leaves us happy — Neal McCoy (@NealMcCoy) August 12, 2014
“Oh Captain, my Captain…” Forever in our hearts. #RIPRobinWilliams #YoullBeMissed -k/r/n pic.twitter.com/DAwp1c1HK8 — The Band Perry (@thebandperry) August 11, 2014
I’m SO sad to hear of Robin Williams’ death. Praying for his family. http://t.co/QAJQ7z3B6I — Sara Evans (@saraevansmusic) August 11, 2014
Sadness & despair run deep. Rest in peace “@HuffingtonPost: BREAKING: Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide http://t.co/DEctfdzW25” — Chely Wright (@chelywright) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams w legend Jonathan Winters on Carson.. shows how loved & respected he was among peers &… http://t.co/bTynrbSkZK — Charlie Worsham (@charlieworsham) August 12, 2014
Heartbroken for Robin Williams and his family. — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 12, 2014
Completely blown away and heart broken about Robin Williams. — Blackjack Billy (@Blackjack_Billy) August 11, 2014
Sad about Robin Williams passing. He brought us so many laughs and was a huge supporter of @StJude. He’ll be missed. #MrsDoubtfireForever — Maggie Rose (@IAmMaggieRose) August 12, 2014
Robin Williams. U will be missed. — American Young (@american_young) August 12, 2014
RIP Robin Williams! — Chase Bryant (@chasebryant) August 11, 2014
Deeply saddened by the passing of one of the greatest artists of our time Thank you for bringing us joy all the years. R.I.P. #RobinWilliams — LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) August 12, 2014
Nothing funnier than this. RIP Robin Williams http://t.co/cBAU0mJUJk — Dallas Smith (@dallassmith) August 12, 2014
Thanks for all the laughs Robin Williams. NanuNanu http://t.co/YiplzUm21y — Kristen Kelly (@KristenKelly) August 12, 2014
SITTING HERE IN MY KITCHEN STARING OUT MY WINDOW. I’VE JUST RECEIVED THE NEWS ABOUT THE DEATH OF FRIEND ROBIN WILLIAMS. I’M SIMPLY STUNNED. — Wynonna Judd (@WynonnaMusic) August 11, 2014
Williams is best known for his roles in Patch Adams, Flubber, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Hook, the voice of Genie in Aladdin, and countless other roles. He leaves behind his wife Susan Schneider, and three children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody.
CountryMusicIsLove sends our thoughts and prayers to his family at this tough time. What was your favorite Robin Williams movie?