Celebrities reacted to the death of Robin Williams on Monday afternoon as news of the tragic loss quickly spread.
Update 2 (Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. pacific): Aladdin composer Alan Menke and Williams’ The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar have shared thoughts:
Alan Menke (via Billboard): “If I had only watched Robin Williams on the TV screen, in the movies or on stage, I would consider myself blessed for having simply experienced his brilliance, his joy, his humor and his heart. The fact that I had the honor of sharing the creative process with him is an honor and a privilege that I will cherish for the rest of my life.””
Sarah Michelle Gellar (via People): “My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams,” Gellar said. “To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having. There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Update 1 (8:15 p.m. pacific): TBS has released a clip from tonight’s episode of Conan during which O’Brien, Andy Richter, and guest Will Arnett discuss Williams:
Here are several tweets we gathered together from all types of Hollywood names. Some of them worked closely with Williams professionally, while others simply admired his work:
There are no words.
— Lisa Jakub (@Lisa_Jakub) August 11, 2014
Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) August 11, 2014
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) August 12, 2014
Robin Williams made the world a little bit better. RIP.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) August 11, 2014
I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) August 11, 2014
I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 11, 2014
O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells. Rise up, for you the flag is flung, for you the bugle trills.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 11, 2014
Mork from Ork: Rare evidence that aliens can be smart, clever, articulate & funny. Robin Williams, RIP
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 11, 2014
Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you're sad, please tell someone.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 11, 2014
No no. Don't let this be. RIP my dear Robin.
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) August 11, 2014
His heart was as big as his genius. So sad. Rest in Peace Robin Williams.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) August 11, 2014
Devastated. Robin Williams was a personal hero of mine. Gonna miss him a lot.
— Logan Lerman (@LoganLerman) August 11, 2014
So sad about Robin Williams…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 11, 2014
I cannot believe Robin Williams is gone; he was both a very famous & yet still underrated actor; whether Mork or Garp, a real comedy genius.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 11, 2014
It's the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I'm heartbroken by his passing. RIP Robin Williams.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) August 11, 2014
I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 11, 2014
Deeply sad to hear Robin Williams has left us. Thank you for the inspiration, man- I wouldn't be doing what I do now if it weren't for you.
— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams was like no other ..To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold.. Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) August 11, 2014
No! Robin Williams you were so loved.
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 11, 2014
Can you think of anybody more full of life than Robin Williams!?!? So sad.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) August 11, 2014
Ah Robin, I'm so sorry the earth couldn't stay worthy of you. Hope happiness awaits you.
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) August 11, 2014
I am so heartbroken. Robin Williams was a light in my childhood. Rest in peace.
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) August 11, 2014
I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams' death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) August 12, 2014
We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile. pic.twitter.com/UOY8LTjVRA
— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) August 11, 2014
In addition to these, Williams’ wife issued a statement shortly after police first reported his passing: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human begins. I am utterly heartbroken.”
Williams was 63.