Lawmakers are reacting to the death of Robin Williams.
The veteran comic, who starred in the 1980s sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” was found dead on Monday in California. The Academy Award and two-time Emmy Award winner, who battled addiction and depression over the years, was 63.
The president praised Williams, saying, "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. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) tweeted shortly after the news of the “Mrs. Doubtfire” star’s death first broke, writing:
Sad to learn of Robin Williams death- great comedian and actor who brought joy to so many— Kelly Ayotte (@KellyAyotte) August 11, 2014
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) wrote of Williams, who grew up in California:
The Bay Area mourns the loss of its own, Robin Williams, who has left us far too soon. #RIPRobinWilliams— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 11, 2014
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) also expressed remorse at the death of the entertainer:
Robin Williams entertained my family and so many others so brilliantly. He will be missed.— Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) August 11, 2014
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) remembered Williams with a pair of messages on Twitter that made mention of the alien character Williams played on "Mork & Mindy," writing:
Famous #Boulder resident returns 2 space,love u forever Mork!Rest in peace Robin Williams; troubled life but brought so much joy to others— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) August 11, 2014
Orson to Mork, come in Mork.... Come in Mork...... #boulder :(— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) August 11, 2014
Several other lawmakers on both sides of the aisle also tweeted their condolences:
Just awful to hear about Robin Williams. His unique talent gave us decades of side-splitting laughs and heart-warming tears. Such a loss...— Rep. Martha Roby (@RepMarthaRoby) August 12, 2014
Thank you for all the laughs...RIP Robin Williams— Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) August 11, 2014
RIP to my constituent Robin Williams - a wonderful, hilarious, warm hearted guy who will be missed by all.— Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) August 12, 2014
So sorry to lose Robin Williams. From Mork to Dead Poets to GM Vietnam feels like I grew up with him.— Jim Himes (@jahimes) August 12, 2014
"Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." #RIPRobinWilliams a man who lived one extraordinary life— Mike Quigley (@RepMikeQuigley) August 12, 2014
Laugh till you cry. Goodbye Robin Williams.— Steve Israel (@RepSteveIsrael) August 12, 2014
Sad to hear about Robin Williams. My prayers are with his family.— Randy Weber (@TXRandy14) August 12, 2014