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Robert Downey Jr’s Assistant, Jimmy Rich Passes Away At 52

today8 May 2021


You won’t be forgotten.

Jimmy Rich, who served as an assistant to Robert Downey Jr for 18 years has passed away.

Robert who is 56 years old shared the news on his Instagram page where he mentioned that Jimmy was involved in a terrible fatal accident on Monday night at around 8pm.


“This is not news,” Downey wrote. “This is a terrible and shocking tragedy. Jimmy Rich was in a fatal car accident at approx. 8pm 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.”

Robert Downey Jr may have left Iron Man behind, but his Marvel family has and always will be there to support him. Co-stars such as Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Renner and Clark Gregg commented on his post to express their condolences.’



“Such a tragedy,” Ruffalo wrote. “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.”]

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

Captain America’s Chris Evans, shared his own Instagram tribute to honor Rich’s legacy, posting a picture of the two of them together.


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“I don’t have the words,” Evans wrote. “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.”

Marvel Studios’ official Instagram page also paid tribute to Rich:



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It’s a big loss for the Marvel family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.

*Cover Image Credit: Instagram @robertdowneyjr @marvelstudios

Written by: Mifzal Malik

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