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Robert Downey Jr. Mourns Death of Assistant Jimmy Rich

Jimmy Rich, 53, Robert's assistant since 2003, died in a car accident.

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Robert Downey Jr. is mourning the death of his personal assistant Jimmy Rich who died in a fatal car accident.

Jimmy Rich, 53,  had been Robert’s assistant since 2003.

They both worked together for the first time in 2003’s film “The Singing Detective,”  in which Downey starred alongside Mel Gibson as detective novelist Dan Dark.

And after that Rich has served as Downey’s assistant on 22 feature-length projects, including every Marvel film with Tony Stark.

Taking it to Instagram, 56 years old Marvel actor shared, “This is not news. This is a terrible and shocking tragedy.”

Revealing the accident details, Downey Jr. wrote, “Jimmy Rich was in a fatal car accident at approx. 8 pm 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 concluded.

 

‘Avengers’ Cast, Marvel Studio, and fans also joined Downey Jr. to pay their last respects to Jimmy Rich

“Such a tragedy,” Mark Ruffalo, wrote on Robert’s post. “Such a good man. I have known him almost as long as I have known you, Robert. Breaks my heart to have Jimmy go over to the other world. You will be missed, Jimmy. Thanks for always being real, always being there to lend a hand, and showing the way of light forward to so many people. Another sad day.”

“Oh no! 😢 I’m so sorry man,” Chris Pratt responded. “I’m praying for his family, you and yours. That sucks so bad. I’m so sorry to hear that. He was awesome. Such a tragedy.”

“Wow. Brother. What a devastating loss,” Jeremy Renner added.

“No words,” Josh Brolin wrote. “Just tears and gratitude for the gift that was him.”

“Ohhhhh man. I am so sorry @robertdowneyjr,” Clark Gregg wrote.

Downey’s “Tropic Thunder” co-star Jack Black wrote, “Heartbroken. Such a good man.”

Marvel Studios’ official Instagram page in a tribute to Rich, wrote: “Rest In Peace, Jimmy. You have been such a great friend to all of us at Marvel Studios for so many years. Your love and light were an inspiration to everyone that knew you. We will miss you.”

 

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“I don’t have the words,” Chris Evans wrote in an Instagram post from his official handle.

“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 added.

 

 

 

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