According to his publicist, Mara Buxbaum, Williams, who previously entered rehab for alcohol and cocaine addiction, had recently been suffering from severe depression.
As soon as the heart-breaking news was announced, co-stars, friends and fans flooded social media with love for the great actor. Here are just a few beautiful messages shared by fellow comedians:
Most moving of all were Nathan Lane's words. In an official statement quoted by The Globe and Mail, Lane said: “What I will always remember about Robin, perhaps even more than his comic genius, extraordinary talent and astounding intellect, was his huge heart – his tremendous kindness, generosity, and compassion as an acting partner, colleague and fellow traveller in a difficult world.”
May he rest in peace.