Jimmy Rich, Who had been a longtime personal assistant to Robert Downey Jr., died in a car accident Wednesday night. He was 52 years old and Downey announced his death on his Instagram page.
Rich has been with Downey since 2003, joining him on the set in 2003 Lyric detective. They would go on to do together 22 again, including all of Downey’s Marvel movies, according to Rich page on IMDb.
Downey wrote on his Instagram page today, “This is not news.” “This is a horrific and horrific tragedy. Jimmy Rich was in an almost fatal car accident. Eight o’clock yesterday evening. He was a brother, my right hand, the uncle of our children and loved by everyone who has tested his unique personality and intelligence..Our thoughts go to his relatives, friends, co-workers and all fans. Who knew him as the man who supported every step of recovery, life and career. Once again, my condolences to his beautiful family, and the legacy of hope and redemption that his life will continue to represent. Peace be upon you. “
Rich was also grieving for several of Downey’s Avengers and other castmates in the movie. Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Renner, Jack Black and Clark Gregg expressed their condolences.
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“This is a tragedy,” Ruffalo wrote. “This is a good man. I’ve known him for a long time, I’ve known you, Robert. It breaks my heart for Jimmy to go to the next world. We’ll miss Jimmy. Thank you for always being real, and always there to lend a hand and show the way of light forward to so many people. Another sad day. “
“Oh no!” Pratt wrote, “I’m sorry, man.” I pray to his family, you and yours. This is very bad. I’m so sorry to hear that. It was amazing. What a tragedy. “
“Cool. Brother.” Renner wrote, “What a devastating loss.
Brolin wrote: “There are no words.” “Just tears and gratitude for the gift that was for him.”
“Oh man. I’m so sorry @ Robert Downey Jr.Greg Books.
Tropic Thunder co-star Jack Black wrote Heartbroken. What a good man.
Chris Evans wrote his own tribute on Instagram to honor Rich.
Evans wrote, “I have no words.” “Jimmy Rich was not like everyone else. He made an indelible impression on everyone he met. Nobody is more than my brother robertdowneyjr. They were inseparable. Send all my love to Jimmy friends and family. Make sure you hug your loved ones tightly, please take some time today to show Downey How many people love him and are here for him during this incredibly dark time. “
Marvel Studios’ official Instagram page also praised British, writing, “Rest in peace, Jimmy. You have been a wonderful friend of all of us at Marvel Studios for many years. Your love and light has been an inspiration to everyone who knows you. We will miss you.”