Actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead yesterday, aged 63, from an apparent suicide after battling severe depression. Fellow entertainer Cher paid tribute to the The 'Mrs. Doubtfire' star via social networking site Twitter.
The 68-year-old singer/actress initially talked about Williams' character and their recent appearance together in a 'Sharknado' parody for 'LIVE With Kelly & Michael':
"Oh Robin. He was a sweet lovely man. He ran high voltage. Mind always going. It was who he was. I know well... Many times from high, there is only low. So sad. I was with him a little while ago - we pretended to see sharknados!
"I have known him a long time. Saw him open for Martin Mull once pre-'Mork & Mindy'. 'Good Morning Vietnam', 'Awakenings', 'Mrs. Doubtfire', 'Good Will Hunting', 'Birdcage', 'Dead Poets Society', 'The World According To Garp' - my favorites. He couldn't feel our love for him."
Cher went on to talk about depression among her peers:
"Many of us actors, singers, writers suffer from this gift/curse in disproportionate numbers. Some artists feel that this is the only way out. There was a book written about artists with manic depression, 'Touched By Fire'. I call it my gift/curse - it give great but can take all."
"If he could see our reactions, he might have kept on trying? Maybe not forever, but feeling love gives you hope. Even so, nothing stops, too low. Artists (especially) are hard wired delicately. I liken it to a faulty emotional thermostat. You can set it, but it goes too high then too low. There is a great chasm between onstage, film, fame and life! One is such heightened reality and after heights there can be great depths."
Rest in peace, Robin Williams.