Williams’s body was discovered at his California home on Monday. The Academy Award winner, whose career spanned decades and included countless classic films such as “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Dead Poets Society,” was 63.
“Robin, more than anyone I know, would have seen the tragic irony in this devastating day,” wrote Franken. “That a man who made so many laugh, who made so many happy, who touched so many, who gave himself to others all through his life both publicly and privately, would succumb to a disease that left him feeling so alone, is just too sad to bear.”
Other members of Congress honored Williams by posting past snapshots of themselves posing with the comic. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) posted on Twitter on Tuesday:
Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) shared their own fan photos of Williams:
We lost an incredible man & entertainer who brought joy to all. My thoughts & prayers are w/ his family & friends. pic.twitter.com/aD9i74qdrW— Rep. Doris Matsui (@DorisMatsui) August 12, 2014
First photo on the wall when you walk into my district office. Robin brought so much joy to so many. A tragic loss. pic.twitter.com/vndmlF1tJB— Eliot Engel (@RepEliotEngel) August 12, 2014
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called Williams “one of our best,” writing:
We have lost one of our best with the passing of #RobinWilliams. Let’s remember the laughter he brought us all.— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) August 12, 2014