Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead at age 63 on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in northern California, authorities said.
As the news spread Hollywood celebrities and many others who knew him paid tribute to Williams.
His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: “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.”
President Barack Obama, in a statement making reference to the actor's many roles said: “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. ... The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”
Director Steven Spielberg said in a statement: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal, and I can't believe he's gone.”Officials from Twentieth Century Fox Television, the studio that produced Williams's show “The Crazy Ones,” said in a statement: “Robin Williams was a comedy giant, and although we only knew him personally for a season, he was warm, funny and a true professional.”
Actor Steve Martin said on Twitter: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”
Actor John Cryer said on Twitter: “We will try to carry on, but it won't be any fun without you.”
Musician John Mayer said on Twitter: “The first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was Robin Williams' inhabiting of Popeye.”
Actor Neil Patrick Harris said on Twitter: “I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams' death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions ... Just, wow.”
Actress Minnie Driver said on Twitter: “My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family.”
Comedian Margaret Cho said on Twitter: “I AM BEYOND DEVASTATED.”
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel said on Twitter: “Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. If you're sad, please tell someone.”
Festival goers pay tribute to the late actor Robin Williams at a makeshift memorial at the 22nd Sziget (Island) Festival on the Shipyard Island in northern Budapest, Hungary, Aug. 13, 2014.
A woman walks past graffiti on a wall that shows late actor Robin Williams after he was found dead at his home in California, in Belgrade, Serbia, Aug. 13, 2014.
People pause by a bench at Boston's Public Garden, Aug. 12, 2014, where a small memorial has sprung up at the place where Robin Williams filmed a scene during the movie, "Good Will Hunting."
Visitors look at a photograph of Oscar-winning actor and renowned comedian Robin Williams displayed at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Aug. 12, 2014.
Flowers sit in front of the home of Robin Williams, Aug. 11, 2014, in Tiburon, California.
A photo of the late actor Robin Williams as Mork from Ork hangs with flowers left by people paying their respects, in Boulder, Colorado, Aug. 11, 2014, at the home where his hit 1980s TV series "Mork & Mindy", was set.
A person walks past the marquee of the Laugh Factory with a message in memory of actor/comedian Robin Williams in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, Aug. 11, 2014.
Robin Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is seen, Aug. 11, 2014, in Hollywood, California.
AJ Polis leaves a flower alongside a placard and a photo of the late actor Robin Williams as Mork from Ork, as people pay their respects at the home where the 1980's TV series "Mork & Mindy", was set, in Boulder, Colorado, Aug. 11, 2014.
Newspapers announcing the death of comedian Robin Williams are stacked on a newsstand in New York, Aug. 12, 2014.