Celebrity deaths in the news are not uncommon, but it is rare to see such an outpouring across the world as we’ve witnessed with the untimely passing of Robin Williams at age 63. Such a tragic loss, such a shock to the system—and yet, it is renewing important conversations all over the world about the realities of depression and suicide, and how even the seemingly funniest and most joyful among us can still suffer inside.
While mainly remembered as an actor and comedian, Williams also frequently (and fearlessly) entertained us through music, as well, as Billboard recently pointed out—from immortalizing the phrase “I Yam What I Yam” in Popeye (1980); to voicing the penguin Ramón on Happy Feet (2006) singing Sinatra’s “My Way,” in Spanish, no less; to his rousing rendition of “Blame Canada” during the Academy Awards live broadcast in 2000. And who could forget his pièce de résistance, “Friend Like Me,” as the Genie of the Lamp in the Disney animated classic Aladdin? Among his many, many awards, Williams even won five Grammys. (Okay, so those were basically for spoken-word and comedy albums, but hey—a Grammy is a Grammy.)
Suffice it to say that Robin Williams touched the music community as much as he did any other field of entertainment—not to mention millions of fans around the world. Among the millions of tributes filling the airwaves, the Internet and social media, some of the top names in music have also chimed in. Here are just a few of them:
Such a tragic loss. I will always have amazing memories of @RobinWilliams. Respect and love goes out to his family.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) August 11, 2014
Can’t believe news about @robinwilliams,I’m heartbroken! Praying for his family, loved ones, fans worldwide & peace for his soul…RIP
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) August 11, 2014
Heartbroken for Robin Williams and his family.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 12, 2014
Life is so very fragile. RIP Robin.You gave us all such joy.;(
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) August 12, 2014
RIP to my dear brother and friend Robin Williams. The world will miss the decades of laughter that you gave all of us.
— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) August 11, 2014
thank you for my childhood memories, you've helped me at my darkest times. Rest in Peace Robin Williams…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) 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
RIP, Robin Williams. We are grateful for the many belly laughs, and we will miss you terribly.