Treat Williams passed away on Monday. The actor became world famous in 1979 with the hippie film "Hair". Now he was the victim of a tragic traffic accident, as the Vermont police confirmed to several media outlets. He was 71 years old.
According to current police findings, Williams appears to have been overlooked by a motorist. The car then turned left into a parking lot. He caught the actor driving in the opposite lane on his motorcycle. Although Williams was wearing a helmet, police said, he was injured so badly that he was transported by helicopter to a hospital in New York. However, he eventually succumbed to his injuries there. The police continue to determine the course of the accident, Williams is said to have been the only one injured. Authorities said no arrests have been made so far.
The tragic accident happened near the actor's house. He lived there with his wife Pam Van Sant, they have two adult children. Only yesterday Williams had posted a photo that showed him mowing the lawn at home.
Williams looks back on a long career. After the breakthrough with the cult musical "Hair", he had acted in almost 130 series and films. His most famous roles include those in the hit series "White Colar" and "Everwood". "He's been at the heart of Hollywood since the '70s," his agent Barry McPherson told People. "He was a gifted actor. Filmmakers loved him."
The sympathy in the social media is correspondingly large. "He had everything. Smart. Talented. Funny. Charming. Successful. Handsome. Compassionate. A heart of gold," wrote fellow actor Billy Baldwin on Twitter. "A terrible loss. We will miss you." Wendell Pierce, of 'The Wire' and 'Jack Ryan' fame, takes a similar tack. "In no time he managed to befriend me. His adventurous spirit was contagious. We only worked together on one film, but the friendship lasted years later."
Sources: People, Twitter