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Robert Downey Jr. pays tribute to his personal assistant who died in a car accident: ‘This is a terrible and shocking tragedy’

Summary List PlacementJimmy Rich, longtime assistant and family-friend to Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel family, reportedly died in a car accident on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning, Downey Jr. shared a tribute to Rich on his social media pages, calling Rich "a brother," "right-hand man" and uncle to his children.  "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," Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram.  A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. Official (@robertdowneyjr) on ...

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Jimmy Rich, longtime assistant and family-friend to Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel family, reportedly died in a car accident on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning, Downey Jr. shared a tribute to Rich on his social media pages, calling Rich “a brother,” “right-hand man” and uncle to his children. 

“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,” Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram. 

“Heartbroken. Such a good man,” actor Jack Black commented on the post. 

Josh Brolin, who starred in the Marvel franchise alongside Downey Jr., also commented: “No words. Just tears and gratitude for the gift that was him.”

“Such a tragedy. Such a good man. I have known him almost as long as I have known you, Robert,” Mark Ruffalo wrote in a comment on Downey Jr.’s post. “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.”

Jeremy Renner, another of the Marvel stars, also commented: “Wow. Brother. What a devastating loss.”

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

 

Rich was named in a 2014 Vanity Fair profile of Downey Jr. which focused on the actor’s journey through addiction and recovery.

“He has a chef and a handful of assistants, including a do-everything body man, blue-eyed Jimmy Rich, who has ‘Iron Man’ tattooed on his calf. (Hope he never gets fired.),” Vanity Fair’s Rich Cohen wrote. 

Rich had 236,000 followers on his personal Instagram account, where you can still see many photos of him with Downey Jr. behind-the-scenes on Marvel projects and more.

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