LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) — Robin Williams left a lasting impression the world over and Las Vegas is no different, as the comedian often brought his quirky personality to the entertainment capital of the world.
As the news of Williams’ apparent suicide spread, those who worked with Williams on and off the stage locally expressed their sorrow for the legendary entertainer who was found dead Monday in his home near San Francisco.
Strip entertainers Carrot Top, George Wallace and Marie Osmond all had words of praise for Williams.
Carrot Top said, “It’s a loss of a true legend.
Wallace said, “Celebrating 63 years of laughter.
And Osmond’s spokesperson said, “She sends her prayers.”
Those who knew him best took the tragic news even harder and reflected on the genius that was Williams.
Friend and actor Henry Winkler, who knew Williams before he hit it big on the sitcom, “Mork and Mindy,” described Williams’ captivating personality.
“"He was electrifying and he was like that, no matter what he did,” Winkler said. “All the time. No matter what he did, he was that. It was just an amazing thing.”
Ed Asner, who worked with Williams on an episode of the CBS sitcom, “The Crazy Ones,” was distraught over Williams losing his battle with depression.
"I am very distressed that he was that unhappy,” Asner said. “And, it's also quite clear, when we do these things, we are very alone. And I am sorry, terribly sorry, that he was so alone."
Bouts with substance abuse and multiple stints in rehab played a crucial role in Williams’ depression, something he spoke openly about on several occasions. Williams had come to Las Vegas to work after spending time in rehab before and as he did time and time before, he used laughter to mask the pain.
“You get out of rehab, and you know, like getting out of Jenny Craig and going 'Let's go work at the Haagen-Dazs factory,’" Williams said in an archived interview.
Now gone, Williams was once asked about what he would like God to say when he reached heaven in a TV interview and his answer included hope for something that he gave to millions of people: laughter.
“There’s seating near the front … Mozart, Elvis, one of your choosing … if heaven exists knowing that laughter exists that would be great,” Williams said.