Robin Williams: Family Guy suicide attempt episode airs on BBC Three as news of actor's death breaks
BBC cancelled plans to repeat the episode on Friday
BBC Three viewers were shocked by an "uncanny coincidence" last night when news of Robin Williams' apparent suicide came in just as a Family Guy episode centring around Robin Williams and a failed suicide attempt finished.
The episode 'Fatman and Robin' sees Peter Griffin cursed with the ability to turn everything he touches into Robin Williams after he accuses God of hating the Mrs. Doubtfire actor during a thunderstorm.
Driven to madness like King Midas, the curse leads Peter to try and commit suicide.
The cartoon ended just minutes before the world learned that Williams had died at his northern California home, with Marin County Sheriff's Office saying that it suspected the death was a suicide due to asphyxia.
Viewers were quick to express how "weird" they found the chilling coincidence on Twitter, with the BBC announcing it will not be repeating the episode this week. The cause of Williams' death remains under investigation (Picture: Getty)
"The episode ended just as the news broke about his death," a BBC spokesperson said.
"This was a repeat that we have shown a couple of times before so who could have planned that? It was scheduled more than two weeks ago so it is just an uncanny coincidence.
"Some of our people who work here noticed that the death of Robin Williams was announced just as this episode ended.
"It was due to be repeated on Friday but we will not be showing it now."
Video: The death of Robin Williams
Williams was Peter Griffin's favourite comedian in the cartoon, and voice actor and creator Seth MacFarlane paid tribute to him today, saying: "The world just got a lot less funny. Robin Williams is a tragic loss."
He will likely still appear in the upcoming films Merry Friggin' Christmas, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Absolutely Anything, which are all in post-production, but plans for a Mrs Doubtfire 2 are expected to be cancelled.
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
Sek, k'athjilari! (That’s “yes, definitely” to non-native speakers).TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 2 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Lynda Bellingham dead: Loose Women presenter dies after battle with colon cancer
Breaking Bad season 6 is still not happening
Doctor Who, Flatline - review: Clara isn’t half bad as the Time Lord
Downton Abbey review series 5, episode 5: Period drama falls disappointingly flat
Star Wars Episode 7 has almost finished filming
X Factor 2014 results: Chloe Jasmine and Stephanie Nala sent home
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'