Comedy legend and Oscar winner Robin Williams passed away on Monday morning in Northern California, CNN reports. Williams, who won an Oscar in 1998 for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, and recently starred in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, was 63.
While details surrounding Williams’ death remain sparse, his rep released the following statement: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Williams, who made headlines recently after signing on to do a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel (Williams won a People’s Choice Award in 1994 for the movie), had reportedly completed four films before his death, including the third installment of the Night at the Museum.
According to EW, Fox, which is set to release the film this December, released the following statement: “There really are no words to describe the loss of Robin Williams. He was immensely talented, a cherished member of our community, and part of the Fox family. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. He will be deeply missed.”President Obama also released a statement honoring the actor, who — along with Good Will Hunting — was widely recognized for his work in films including The Dead Poets Society, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Aladdin, to name just a few, as well as the TV series Mork & Mindy.
In the statement, Obama describes Williams as one of a kind. “He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human statement,” writes Obama.
See the full release below:
Many celebrities, including Williams’ former Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar, have taken to social media to mourn the actor:
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