It's awful when an iconic figure from your childhood is gone. Many were trend-setters, influential in shaping the industry they worked in and had such an impact with their audience, that their memory will never be forgotten. Such is the case with comedian and actor Robin Williams, who died Monday of an apparent suicide.
Here is a portion of the article that the Associated Press released:
He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push Robin Williams to suicide.
It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression — he made reference to it himself in his comedy routines. But word that he had killed himself Monday at his San Francisco Bay Area home left both friends in the Hollywood community and neighbors in the quiet neighborhood of Tiburon that he called home equally stunned and grief-stricken.
"It was so sudden and he was such a great guy and it's such a loss to the whole community," said Daniel Jennings who lived across the street from Williams in the quiet neighborhood where the actor was often seen riding his bike and stopping to talk to neighbors. One thing he never did, residents said, was act like a celebrity.
"He was really nice to all the neighbors," Daniels said. "Really appreciated his kindness."
He was last seen alive at home about 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the Marin County coroner's office. Shortly before noon, the Sheriff's Department received an emergency call from the home, where the star of "Good Will Hunting," ''Mrs. Doubtfire," ''Good Morning, Vietnam" and dozens of other films was pronounced dead.
Sheriff's officials said a preliminary investigation determined the cause of death was suicide due to asphyxia. Williams was 63.
"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," said Williams' wife, Susan Schneider. "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 had been battling severe depression recently, said Mara Buxbaum, his press representative. Just last month, he announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program he said he needed after 18 months of nonstop work. He had sought treatment in 2006 after a relapse following 20 years of sobriety.
Such an influential person in entertainment certainly had a number of followers in all walks of life, including those in the rock industry. We found a few tweets from some of rock's icons paying their respects to a comedic genius.
Such a tragic loss. I will always have amazing memories of @RobinWilliams. Respect and love goes out to his family.— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) August 11, 2014
No one ever made me laugh like Robin Williams. Now I can't stop crying. We'll miss you, Mr. Williams.— Captain Fluffy Bug (@CoreyTaylorRock) August 11, 2014
This photo was snapped one second after I told Robin Williams I wanted to yell out "Joke 'em if they… http://t.co/A3vISiZLmv— Danko Jones (@dankojones) August 12, 2014
Very sad news about Robin Williams! You will be missed! RIP. pic.twitter.com/oPl15eE0vQ— Official Motörhead (@myMotorhead) August 12, 2014
Very sad news. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to Robin Williams family and friends. You will be missed! pic.twitter.com/Jkld3QGZ2c— Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) August 12, 2014
Very sad .... So much talent #RIPRobinWilliams— Godsmack Official (@Godsmack_Music) August 12, 2014
RIP Robin Williams. You will be missed.— Rise Against (@riseagainst) August 12, 2014