Jimmy Rich Bio, Wiki
Jimmy Rich was best known for being a crew member for Marvel Studios and Robert Downey Jr’s personal assistant. He worked as Downey Jr’s personal assistant since 2003 on The Singing Detective all the way through his most recent role in Dolittle in 2020. Jimmy Rich passed away at age 52 on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at around 8 p.m. following a fatal car accident as per an Instagram post by Downey Jr.
Jimmy Rich Background & Connection with Robert Downey Jr
According to his IMDB page, Rich first served as Downey Jr.’s assistant in the 2003 flick The Singing Detective as they worked together on over 20 films including every Marvel film Downey Jr. portrayed Tony Stark from 2008’s Iron Man to 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
From 1996 to 2001, Downey Jr. went through several career troubles including being arrested numerous times on charges related to drugs including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.
With help from Rich and his wife Susan Levin, he was able to overcome his drug and alcohol habits and end up going on the most successful run of his career.
In April 2021, Rich shared to Instagram a photo of him and Robert Downey Jr on the Avengers:
Endgame set to celebrate the movie’s two-year anniversary.
Jimmy Rich Dies in a Car Accident
Jimmy Rich passed away at age 52 on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at around 8 p.m. following a fatal
car accident, Robert Downey Jr. announced on Instagram. The Marvel actor paid tribute to his righthand man, saying:
“This is a terrible and shocking tragedy. Jimmy Rich was in a fatal car accident at approx. 8 pm 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.”
Chris Evans also took to his Instagram to pay tribute to Rich as he shared a photo of the two of them together. The 39-year-old actor wrote: ‘I don’t have the words. 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.’
Evans also wanted his friend Downey Jr. to feel the love and support from his fans as he asked his 10.5million followers to reach out to the Iron Man star.
He concluded: ‘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.’