Broadway theaters dimmed their marquees on Wednesday in memory of Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams, who was found dead Monday at his home in northern California.
The lights of theaters in New York were dimmed for one minute and Williams’ picture also appeared on the screen at many theaters. Authorities confirmed Tuesday that the actor, who had starred in many theatrical productions, died after hanging himself with a belt.
“Robin Williams was a comedic genius with limitless talent and stunning versatility who left this world far too early,” Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, said in a statement. “He made an impact on everyone he met or entertained. Whether on screen or live on stage, his multi-faceted talent always created memorable performances. Robin Williams will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.”
The “Mrs. Doubtfire” actor will also reportedly be remembered at the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Aug. 25.
"Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion," executive producer Don Mischer told The Hollywood Reporter. "While we are all still coming to terms with this week’s tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves."
The 63-year-old comedian had made an appearance at last year's Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony to pay tribute to his comic mentor, Jonathan Winters, at an In Memoriam segment at the event.
"If anything positive can come from such an awful thing, it's that people will maybe take depression a bit more seriously," Simon Pegg, who is reportedly the latest star to pay tribute to Williams, said. The “Shaun of the Dead” star also reportedly added that Williams was "an extraordinary man and performer.”
Cast members of the Broadway show “Aladdin” also paid tribute to Williams, who portrayed the Genie in the 1992 Disney film.