Robert Downey Jr. is in mourning.
The The 56-year-old Iron Man actor posted a sad update on Thursday (May 6) to social media following the tragic death of longtime personal assistant Jimmy Rich in a car accident.
“This is not news. This is a terrible and shocking tragedy,” he wrote.
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“Jimmy Rich was in a fatal car accident at approx. 8pm yesterday. He was a brother, my right hand man, an uncle to our kids and beloved by all who experienced his singular character and wit.. our thoughts go to his relatives, friends, co-workers, and all the fans who knew him as the man who supported every step of my recovery, life and career.. Again, my condolences to his beautiful family, and the legacy of hope and redemption his life will continue to represent. Peace Be Unto You.”
He had been Robert‘s assistant since at least The Singing Detective in 2003, which was also the year that Robert Downey Jr. began his sobriety journey. He also credited Jimmy as helping him in his recovery.
Chris Evans also spoke out on Instagram with his own tribute.
“I don’t have the words. Jimmy Rich was unlike anyone else. He left an indelible impression on everyone he met. No one more so than my brother @robertdowneyjr They were inseparable. I’m sending all my love to Jimmy’s friends and family. Be sure to hug your loved ones tightly and please take the time today to show Downey how many people love him and are here for him during this incredibly dark time,” he wrote.
Our thoughts are with Jimmy Rich‘s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.