Academy Award winner Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. The actor was found in his California home on the morning of August 11. His family is asking for privacy during this difficult time as the world is shocked by the news. Williams' representative made a statement that the actor had been battling "severe depression" as of late. Williams apparently has struggled with addiction for decades. While he kept sober for years, he re-entered rehabilitation in 2006 for drug and alcohol abuse. The actor had checked into rehab again this past July to "maintain his sobriety," according to TMZ.
The actor's tragic death does not take away from his contributions or the mark he left on Hollywood. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for his performance in Good Will Hunting. William's was the beloved voice of the Genie in Disney's Aladdin. Robin's most iconic role was perhaps that in the television series Mork & Mindy. More recently the actor starred in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, which was cancelled after just one season.
Hollywood immediately began tweeting their sadness over the actor's death.
Ellen DeGeneres tweeted: "I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken."
Miley Cyrus said: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
Chris Colfer related his sadness, saying: "Robin Williams was my hero growing up. You know someone is special when the whole world considers them family."
It's clear that Williams had an impact on us all in some way, as the news of his death spreads like wildfire across the internet. Rest in peace Mr. Williams. The world will sorely miss your incredible wit!