(JNS.org) The Jewish community mourned the loss of actor and comedian
Robin Williams, who passed away at the age of 63 at his home in northern
California on Monday.
Jewish Federations of North America posted a photo of Williams on their
Facebook page along with the caption, "We mourn the loss of the great
actor, comedian Robin Williams, z"l."
who was born Episcopalian, was well-known for incorporating the use of Yiddish
and Jewish humor into his comedy, and has played several Jewish characters on
film, including 1999’s "Jakob the Liar," where he portrayed a
Jewish shopkeeper in Holocaust-era Poland, as well as in the 1986 film
"Seize the Day" alongside Jewish-American actor Jerry Stiller, and
Armand Goldman in 1996's "The Birdcage."
comedian and actor Billy Crystal, a close friend of Williams who appeared
alongside him and Whoopi Goldberg in the “Comic Relief” specials from 1986 to
2006, simply tweeted “No words,” in response to William’s sudden death.
February, while on set for his short-lived TV show "The Crazy Ones,"
Williams tweeteda picture of himself wearing a kippa and saying
"Too late for a career change? Rabbi Robin?"
is also the famous scenefrom
1993's "Mrs. Doubtfire," where Williams, along with Jewish-American
actor Harvey Fierstein, sing a rendition of "Matchmaker" from
"Fiddler on the Roof."
Marin County Sheriff’s department said in a statement that they suspect
Williams’s death was a suicide due to asphyxiation, but that a complete
investigation is still needed to determine the exact cause of death. William’s
publicist Mara Buxbaum said that he had been battling severe depression