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Rockers react to the death of Robin Williams
Oscar-winning comedian and actor Robin Williams died on Monday (August 10th) from an apparent suicide. He was 63. According to TMZ, the Marin County Sheriff's Office found his body inside his home, where he was unconscious and not breathing. He was pronounced dead on at 12:02 p.m.
Robin's publicist released a statement saying, "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' wife, Susan Schneider, later broke her silence saying, "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.”
Williams started his career as a stand-up comic, first achieved fame as the star of the TV sitcom Mork And Mindy, then delivered a string of iconic performances in movies like Good Morning Vietnam, Moscow On The Hudson, Awakenings, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, Good Will Hunting -- for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor -- Mrs. Doubtfire, Insomnia and many more.
An autopsy is scheduled to take place today (August 12th). A press conference will also be held today at 11:00 a.m.
As the world mourned his loss, rock musicians chimed in with their emotional reactions via Twitter. Here are some of their remarks:
Ozzy Osbourne: "Such a tragic loss. I will always have amazing memories of Robin Williams. Respect and love goes out to his family."
Sharon Osbourne: "The entire Osbourne Family is grieving the loss of a kind, funny, generous and talented man, Robin Williams.”
Nikki Sixx: “Life is so very fragile. RIP Robin.You gave us all such joy.;(“
Paul Stanley: “RIP Robin Williams. A tragic loss to depression. So sad.”
Tommy Lee: “This is the saddest day ever! The kindest man I have ever met leaves us all today! @robinwilliams my heart bleeds”
Alice Cooper: “RobinWilliams gone. If you struggle with #depression SEE a doc!"
Foghat: “We have lost such an amazing a beautiful person today. Rest in Peace Mr. Robin Williams. Your light will shine... “
Def Leppard: “RIP to one of the best ever, Sir Robin Williams.”
Joe Perry: "My heart is sad I just found out found out Robin Williams passed away. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends."
Styx: “Our lives changed for the better every time we watched and continue to watch "Good Will Hunting". RIP Robin Williams. You will be missed.”
Peter Frampton: “So sad about dear Robin Williams. True genius. We r all lucky 2 have been able 2 experience his unique talent He always raised our spirits.”
Billy Idol: “Stunned to hear about Robin Williams death... he made us laugh so much! :( #restinpeace”
Wolfgang Van Halen: "I’m speechless… Robin Williams was such an amazing and important man. My condolences to his family. Rest in peace.”
Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers: "R.I.P. robn williams. grew up with that man, what beautiful gifts he gave to us.”
Tom Morello: "RIP fellow Illinois Entertainer-In-Arms Robin Williams. Thank you for bringing joy to so many with ur peerless wit.”
Godsmack: "Very sad .... So much talent."
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park: "RIP Robin Williams. Thank you for a lifetime of laughter. You will truly be missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family & friends.”
Corey Taylor of Slipknot: "No one ever made me laugh like Robin Williams. Now I can't stop crying. We'll miss you, Mr. Williams."
Morgan Rose of Sevendust: "So sad to hear of the loss of Robin Williams. We met him years ago. What an amazing talent and sweet man. So sad."
Rise Against: "RIP Robin Williams. You will be missed.”
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