The shocking death of Robin Williams is prompting pained reactions from the coworkers who knew him best and his legions of admirers, including President Obama.
Tributes to Williams, dead Monday of a suspected suicide, recalled his zany, manic comedic style -- one that sometimes masked Williams' ongoing struggle with depression and addiction.
"There is no one to now fill his shoes. Those shoes will remain right there, empty forever. No matter what he did, funny or dramatic, it was always with a depth that left you breathless." -- Henry Winkler, who acted with Williams in "Happy Days"
"He arrived in our lives as an alien -- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most -- from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets." -- President Barack Obama
"I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity. … He was my friend and it is rare that you ever have a friend that is also a genius." Garry Marshall, who cast Williams in "Mork & Mindy"
"I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul." Steve Martin, fellow actor and comedian
"I am completely and totally devastated. What more can be said??" Pam Dawber, Mindy to Williams' Mork in "Mork & Mindy"
"No words." -- Billy Crystal, friend and costar
We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile. pic.twitter.com/UOY8LTjVRA— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) August 11, 2014
Just as powerful is remembering Williams in his own words. Williams fought a well-documented battle with addiction and had recently been struggling with depression. Even amid his carefree comedy, those undercurrents made themselves known through his work and words.
"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."