Westboro Baptist Church Might Picket Robin Williams’ Funeral, Group’s Twitter Account Indicates
The Westboro Baptist Church, which pickets the funerals of US soldiers, tweeted about Robin Williams’ death, offending many on Twitter.
According to Marin County, Calif., officials, Williams was found dead due to an apparent suicide on Monday.
Via its Twitter account, the Westboro Baptist Church indicated that it might attempt to picket his funeral.
“@robinwilliams in Hell for engaging in & glorifying sin. How ya like dem apples?” it wrote.
The Twitter account also included a number of Photoshopped images of Williams with slogans used by the church.
It had one that reads: “Robin Williams 1951 – 2014 … 2014 – Eternity never ending torment in Hell!” It also tweeted: “Newsflash: there are NO rubber noses NOR cocaine in HELL! However, @robinwilliams IS!”
Throngs of Twitter users then reacted to the images, criticizing the church for being insensitive.
The Associated Press update on his death: Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.
“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,” said Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider. “On behalf ofRobin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions,”
Williams had been battling severe depression recently, said Mara Buxbaum, his press representative.
From his breakthrough in the late 1970s as the alien in the hit TV show “Mork and Mindy,” through his standup act and such films as “Good Morning, Vietnam,” the short, barrel-chested Williams ranted and shouted as if just sprung from solitary confinement. Loud, fast, manic, he parodied everyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards, impersonating a Russian immigrant as easily as a pack of Nazi attack dogs.
He was a riot in drag in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” or as a cartoon genie in “Aladdin.” He won his Academy Award in a rare, but equally intense dramatic role, as a teacher in the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting.”