I can't believe it. In what is, for me at least, probably the most shocking celebrity death since Michael Jackson, legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams has been found dead of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. The cause of death has been attributed to asphyxia, and his publicist has confirmed he'd been suffering recently from his years long battle with depression. Williams had been open about his struggles with depression, as well as alcohol and drugs, but this is a real blow to fans and anyone who was familiar with his work (which, let's face it, is pretty much everyone). From his start as a standup comedian whose routines resembled no one else's, to his days on the 70's Happy Days spinoff Mork & Mindy, to his films, of which there are more than I could ever name, but let's try just a few- The World According to Garp, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet's Society, The Fisher King, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji, The Birdcage and Good Will Hunting (for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1997). For a kid of the 90's like me, it seems like he was in almost every movie you grew up watching. There will never be another like him.
Here he is winning the Oscar in 1998:
One of his most iconic roles as the Genie in Aladdin, which arguably redefined voice acting in animation forever:
And here's an example of his one of his inimitable stand-up routines. He was one of a kind: