The past 12 hours have been filled with many tributes to Robin Williams, but few were as poignant as the one that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sent out shortly after news of his passing broke.
Williams, who died on Monday at age 63, played numerous memorable roles. He earned acclaim for his performances in Mrs. Doubtfire, Goodwill Hunting and countless other films.
One role in particular that stood out to people in our generation, though, was him voicing the character of Genie in Aladdin. For that reason, this tweet really hit a soft spot:
Genie, you're free. pic.twitter.com/WjA9QuuldD— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 12, 2014
"Genie, you're free."
Williams is survived by his wife, Susan Schneider, children Zachary Williams, Cody Williams and Zelda Rae Williams, and stepsons Casey Armusewicz and Peter Armusewicz.