Actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away suddenly yesterday (August 11) at the age of 63. The outpouring of condolences on social media such as Twitter has been tremendous. Many members of the rock community have also praised the deceased actor. Ozzy Osbourne Tweeted: "Such a tragic loss. I will always have amazing memories of @RobinWilliams. Respect and love goes out to his family."
According to The Wall Street Journal, Williams died of apparent suicide by asphyxiation. The publication cites a representative of the actor saying he had been battling severe depression lately.
Williams rose to fame in 1978 with the comedy show "Mork & Mindy." He was highly regarded as a comedic actor with movies such as "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "The Birdcage," as well as a dramatic actor. Williams won the Oscar for best supporting actor in 1997 for his role in the movie "Good Will Hunting."
Other rockers who shared their condolences and memories of Williams include Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who Tweeted: "This is the saddest day ever! The kindest man I have ever met leaves us all today! @robinwilliams my heart bleeds." Flea wrote "holy shit. R.I.P. robn williams. grew up with that man, what beautiful gifts he gave to us," while his former RHCP colleague Dave Navarro shared in the condolences: "So sad! Had the honor of meeting him once!"