Robert Downey Jr. is mourning the death of his beloved assistant Jimmy Rich, who died on the age of 52.
The “Avengers” star, 56, addressed the loss on Instagram Thursday, revealing Rich had been concerned in a “deadly automotive accident” the day earlier than.
“This isn’t information. It is a horrible and surprising tragedy,” Downey wrote alongside a collection of photographs that includes Rich.
“He was a brother, my proper hand man, an uncle to our youngsters and beloved by all who skilled his singular character and wit,” he continued.
Rich started working as Downey’s assistant whereas the actor was filming the 2003 movie “The Singing Detective,” in accordance with IMDB. He was most just lately credited in 2020’s “Doolittle.”
Downey supplied his condolences Thursday to Rich’s family members.
“Our ideas go to his family members, pals, co-workers, and all of the followers who knew him as the person who supported each step of my restoration, life and profession,” he wrote.
The “Iron Man” star concluded his message stating that Rich’s legacy will dwell on.
“Once more, my condolences to his lovely household, and the legacy of hope and redemption his life will proceed to signify,” he added. “Peace Be Unto You.”
Within the wake of the devastating information, a number of Marvel stars, together with Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Josh Brolin, expressed their sympathies to Rich’s household.
“I don’t have the phrases. Jimmy Rich was in contrast to anybody else. He left an indelible impression on everybody he met. No yet one more so than my brother @robertdowneyjr They have been inseparable” Evans, 39, posted to his Instagram web page. “I’m sending all my like to Jimmy’s family and friends.”
Along with the “Captain America” star, Ruffalo — who has performed the Hulk — thanked his late buddy for “all the time being there to help and displaying the way in which of mild ahead to so many individuals.”
“Such a tragedy. Such man. I’ve identified him virtually so long as I’ve identified you, Robert,” Ruffalo, 53, commented on Downey’s put up. “Breaks my coronary heart to have Jimmy go over to the opposite world. You may be missed Jimmy.”
Brolin, 53, who portrayed the villainous Thanos within the “Avengers” collection, penned, “No phrases. Simply tears and gratitude for the reward that was him.”
Ryan Reynolds of the “Deadpool” franchise additionally spoke out, calling Rich’s death “heartbreaking.”
“So sorry to listen to this. Condolences to you and Jimmy’s household,” he stated.