Hollywood and comedy fans alike were shocked Monday (Aug. 11) when news broke of Robin Williams’ death. The beloved comedian and Academy Award-winning actor touched many lives, and his suspected suicide hit fans hard.
His friends and co-stars have been paying tribute to the late comedic genius, mostly on Twitter — though the above video is from Conan O’Brien, learning about Williams’ death while he taped his Monday night show. It is poignant and sad to hear the shocked reactions of audience members who hadn’t heard the news until right at that moment.
Rest in peace, Robin Williams. You will be sorely missed.
Farewell to my childhood hero and my Genie. The world won’t be the same without him.
— Scott Weinger (@ScottWeinger) August 11, 2014
“He was one of a kind.” –President Obama on the passing of Robin Williams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 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
— Gale Hansen (@Montagsdayjob) August 11, 2014
And with other actors he was so generous and brilliant. He made everyone feel special and equal around him even though he was the genius…
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) August 12, 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
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) August 12, 2014
The first autograph I ever got: Dear money, send mom. Robin Williams
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) August 11, 2014
RIP mr Williams – beyond great talent -such a kind and lovely person
— John Cusack (@johncusack) August 11, 2014
I can’t believe my lovely friend is gone. My heart goes out to his wife and his beloved children. He brought us so much joy and laughter.
— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) August 11, 2014
My hero. My idol. My friend. I’m sick and shocked. Goodbye #RobinWilliams. You are now for the ages.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) August 11, 2014
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) 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
My Heart’s broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can’t bear that he’s gone. So incredibly sorry for his family.
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure.
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) August 12, 2014
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) August 12, 2014
Genie, you’re free. pic.twitter.com/WjA9QuuldD
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 12, 2014
I’m stunned! pic.twitter.com/X2RbDRyFxt
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) August 12, 2014
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 12, 2014