Video Ezy manager Jenna Reeves was devastated when she found out 63-year-old actor and comedian Robin Williams had died. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
Video Ezy manager Jenna Reeves was devastated when she found out 63-year-old actor and comedian Robin Williams had died. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric

Gladstone fans mourn Robin Williams

THE death of actor and comedian Robin Williams left Gladstone residents shocked and saddened yesterday.

Video Ezy manager Jenna Reeves said her "jaw-dropped" when she found out.

"I was absolutely gob smacked and devastated," she said.

"I was also surprised - I had no idea he was battling depression."

The business received several requests for his movies yesterday, a testament to his talent and popularity.

The Chrysalides Musical Association secretary Jill McLeod said she had followed his movies for years.

"I think the one that sits in my mind is Mrs Doubtfire," she said.

"You just look at him and he's such a character, he will be truly missed."

Gladstone Cinemas manager Samantha Roberts said she thought the news was a hoax.

"It's a very big loss, he's one of the movie greats," she said.

The 63-year-old comedian was found dead at his home on Monday.

Williams was an Oscar-winning actor, well-known for his roles in Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire, Hook, Dead Poets Society and

Aladdin.

It is suspected he took his own life, but investigations are continuing.

Williams's wife Susan Schneider said in a statement: "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken."

The star's publicist Mara Buxbaum said Williams had suffered from depression.

Anglicare Healthy Minds Program urged Gladstone residents to seek help if they were depressed.

A lot of stigma and misunderstanding surrounds the mental illness.



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