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Reactions to the death of comic genius Robin Williams are coming in from across the entertainment industry and around the globe. Although Williams had a hot and cold relationship with The Walt Disney Company, there is no denying his influence and role in the success of the studio.
Chair and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Robert Iger on the passing of Disney Legend Robin Williams:
“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh.
An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world’s favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC’s Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disney’s Aladdin.
He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed.
We join Robin’s friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time.”
As mentioned in my brief summary of his career, Williams was made a Disney Legend in 2009. I want to use this post to collect reactions from around the Disney world to his much too early passing.
The Disney Theatrical Broadway production of Aladdin tweeted:
Robin Williams. The world just won’t be the same without the magic, inspiration and laughter you brought to us all. You will be very missed.
— Aladdin (@aladdin) August 12, 2014
and current Broadway incarnation of The Genie, James M. Iglehart, said
Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy said:
Stunned to hear Robin Williams is gone! We became Disney Legends the same day. He was so kind, funny and amazing. Will miss him!
— Bill Farmer (@GoofyBill) August 12, 2014
It’s a sad day around the world. Robin Williams’ death will no doubt be felt hard in Hollywood. He had such an impact there. Here are a few of the reactions coming from Williams’ fellow celebrities.
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
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
No words can express the sadness I feel for this tragic loss. My prayers are with the Williams family. RIP Robin Williams. -ZS
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) August 11, 2014
Thanks for the years of feel good laughter. RIP Robin Williams.
— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) August 12, 2014
RIP Robin Williams. He was always so kind to me and it was a total gift to have known him and to have laughed with him. Heartbreaking.
— Caroline Rhea (@CarolineRhea) August 12, 2014
I am in shock.I had never seen him happier & more positive in all the yrs I've known him. There's no one like him. Robin Williams RIP
— Marilu Henner (@TheRealMarilu) August 11, 2014
RIP Robin Williams. Thanks for everything.
— Clooney (@GeorgeCloooney) August 12, 2014
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) August 12, 2014
I'm stunned! pic.twitter.com/X2RbDRyFxt
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) August 12, 2014
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As you might expect for a Disney Legend and real sweetheart like Annette Funicello, there has been an outpouring of emotion for her online. Here are a few of the many comments made today:
Rest in peace, Annette Funicello…
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 8, 2013
What a sad day.Sending prayers to the family and friends of America’s Sweetheart, Annette Funicello.ow.ly/jRwen
— Robert Conrad (@RobertConradTV) April 8, 2013