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:

and current Broadway incarnation of The Genie, James M. Iglehart, said

Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy said:


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.


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: