Todd Bridges issues apology after criticising Robin Williams' apparent suicide as a very selfish act
Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges took to Twitter to criticise Robin Williams' death just minutes after it was reported on Monday.
The 49-year-old TV veteran quickly deleted the posting, which called Williams' untimely passing 'a very selfish act', before issuing a series of apologies.
Bridges wrote on the microblogging site a contrite missive: 'I apologize for my negative comment, and I ask forgiveness for any pain that I have caused anyone.'
But it was just hours before when he tweeted upon hearing the news of the legendary comic's passing: 'You don't think that my life has been hell and I've had so many ups and downs now.
'If I did that what am i showing my children that when it gets tough that's the way out No you gotta buckle down ask God to help you. That's when prayer really comes into effect.'
Adding: 'Rest in peace Robin Williams I hope you found what you were looking for.'
The tweet was promptly deleted with an explanatory note, attempting to shed light on why he had posted the angry missive to begin with.
'I would like to apologize for the terrible timing of me comments that I made in reference to the untimely death of Robin Williams,' Bridges wrote. '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's death was a delayed reaction of my best friend's death.'