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Todd Bridges Apologizes For Robin Williams Comments

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Aug 12, 2014 | 9:19am EDT

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Former child star Todd Bridges has issued a public apology for making insensitive remarks about Robin Williams' death on Twitter.com, insisting the news brought back bad memories of his best friend's suicide.

The Diff'rent Strokes star was among the celebrities who took to the social networking website to comment after the news of the funnyman's passing broke on Monday (11Aug14). Bridges allegedly wrote that Williams, who is believed to have taken his own life following a long battle with depression, committed a "very selfish act", adding, "You're not thinking about your family your friends or your fans... Rest in peace Robin Williams I hope you found what you were looking for... I don't care if you guys don't like what I have to say but it's the truth america's not doing enough to help people with depression."

The tweets were later deleted and he went on to issue an apology, writing, "I would like to apologise for the terrible timing of me comments (sic) that I made in reference to the untimely death of Robin Williams... My best friend committed suicide a few months ago, and I was devastated to discover that he did not solicit my help... I am sure that my attitude toward Williams' death was a delayed reaction of my best friend's death... Again, I apologise for my negative comment, and I ask forgiveness for any pain that I have caused."

Williams' body was discovered at his home in California on Monday. Police are investigating his death as a suspected suicide, and a representative for the star has confirmed the funnyman was battling depression prior to his passing.

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