There are very few things that transcend all language and cultural barriers; laughter is one of them. Which is why a collective gasp tore through the office as we learned of the passing of beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams, who was found dead in his California home this morning. Preliminary police reports indicate the cause of death was suicide.
Williams, who struggled with substance abuse in the past, had recently checked into rehab to ‘fine-tune’ his sobriety, and was said to be battling depression. It’s an testament to Williams’ unique brand of hyperactive humor that he was so skilled at masking what was often a painful, difficult private life. Whatever his inner demons were, for most he represented unbridled energy and laughter, in such memorable films as Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, The Birdcage, Aladdin, Jumanji, Good Will Hunting, Jack, as well as hilarious stand up routines like the one below, where he presciently predicted our current Latin American pope:
UPDATE: As the news spread on the internet of his untimely death, Latino celebrities took to Twitter expressing their grief and condolences.
Robin Williams ~ Vaya Con Dios my friend , I love you
— George Lopez (@georgelopez) August 11, 2014
#RIP Robin Williams…you will be remembered by many…
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) August 11, 2014
We lost a legend in comedy’s history.. And I lost the idol that made me want to make people smile.. #RIPRobinWilliams
— Wilmer Valderrama (@WValderrama) August 12, 2014
— Sofia Vergara (@SofiaVergara) August 12, 2014
Sad, sad, day… My condolences to Robin’s family. He brought light to every room he entered & was a true comedic genius. #RIPRW
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) August 12, 2014
Residente of Calle 13
Thanks Robin for being our Peter Pan, our psychologist, our nanny, our popeye, our “Fisherking”… pic.twitter.com/2MfdKiT6hf
— Residente C13/ RC13 (@Calle13Oficial) August 12, 2014
Edward James Olmos
My love to Robin and His Family. I am devastated!
— Edward James Olmos (@edwardjolmos) August 11, 2014
Danny Trejo 1
Sad to see you go amigo @robinwilliams.
— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) August 11, 2014
Danny Trejo 2
“My prayers go out to the family of Robin Williams, we all feel your pain and loss… ”
— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) August 12, 2014
— GABRIEL IGLESIAS (@fluffyguy) August 12, 2014
I do not have an extensive enough vocabulary to describe my feelings rite now. You were kind to me. God is now laughing. RIP Robin.
— Carlos Mencia (@carlosmencia) August 12, 2014
Realizing a hero is mortal is heartbreaking. Knowing you were lucky to witness their magic is amazing. RIP Robin Williams
— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) August 12, 2014