In a written statement to CNN, his wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, expressed: 'This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. 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.'
The Oscar winner was a close friend of the late man of steel, Christopher Reeve, whom he met during their days at The Juilliard School and with whom he shared a lifelong friendship. Robin Williams was one of the first people Christopher Reeve saw after the horseback riding accident that would leave him completely paralyzed and supported the injured actor through his convalescence and post accident initiatives to find a cure for paralysis.
Born Robin McLaurin Williams in Chicago, this genius of improvisation got his break on the sit com Mork and Mindy that aired from 1978 to 1982.
Through out his career, Robin Williams created many beloved characters. They ranged from the unforgetable Mrs. Doutbfire to his Oscar winning supporting role in Good Will Hunting as the solitary psycho-therapist, Sean Maguire, who helps Will Hunting (Matt Damon) find his way.
His partnership with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal in the TV specials for Comic Relief has made millions laugh hysterically and has raised millions for the homeless.
During his appearance in Bravo’s Inside The Actor’s Studio with host James Lipton, Robin Williams took off and started improvising with a scarf he borrowed from one of the students. The result…one of the funniest moments in TV history!
His most recent TV endeavor, sit com The Crazy Ones, was nominated for a 2014 Critics Choice Awards and his most recent film, the third installment of Night at The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, is currently in post production.
It is a heavy heart that bids farewell to this genius of stage and screen that gave so much happiness and laughter to so many. Goodbye Mrs. Doubtfire…Mindy will always miss you.
(1951 - 2014)
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