'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pays Tribute to Robin Williams
On Monday, Aug. 11, news that Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was dead of a suspected suicide at 63 stunned the world. From Taylor Swift to Ozzy Osbourne to Pete Wentz, Twitter was taken over by an outpouring of grief over the loss of the comedy titan.
Although Williams struggled with depression before his death, he'll be remembered for the joy he brought to children and adults over the course of a lengthy career. In addition to five Grammy wins, Williams sang one of the most beloved songs in the entire Disney canon -- "Friend Like Me" as the Genie -- in 1992's Aladdin.
Shortly after the tragic news went public, Aladdin composer Alan Menken gave Billboard a statement on his reaction to Williams' death:
"If I had only watched Robin Williams on the TV screen, in the movies or on stage, I would consider myself blessed for having simply experienced his brilliance, his joy, his humor and his heart. The fact that I had the honor of sharing the creative process with him is an honor and a privilege that I will cherish for the rest of my life."