Robin Williams 'Family Guy' episode aired just before death

(Daily News) Unfortunate timing led to an episode of "Family Guy" about Robin Williams to air on a BBC network just moments before the actor's death was announced on Monday.

As first reported by the Mirror, BBC Three aired the "Family Guy" episode that was about Peter Griffin gaining the ability to turn everything he touches into Robin Williams.

Even though Griffin at first enjoys the Midas-esque power because he's a fan of the "Mork & Mindy" star, he soon becomes overwhelmed by the Williams' clones. In an eerie coincidence, Griffin tries to kill himself, then resorts to cutting off his hands in order to get rid of the power.

See also: Robin Williams' daughter Zelda shares touching tribute to her dad

The episode's airing occurred just a few minutes before news broke that the Oscar winner had died, which was later confirmed to be a suicide.

A spokeswoman for the BBC told the Mirror that the episode's timing was an "uncanny coincidence." The network will not re-air the episode as originally planned.

According to the Mirror, the episode aired in the U.K. at 11:25 p.m. The news about the actor's death broke around 11:50 p.m.

Many fans took to Twitter to express their shock at the episode airing:

"So weird that the family guy episode about robin Williams was on last night just before it was announced he was dead," wrote one TV viewer.

"(A bit) weirded out by the news of Robin Williams' death after last nights episode of family guy being all about him?" another person tweeted.

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, who voices Peter Griffin, also posted a tribute to the late comedian Monday.

"The world just got a lot less funny," he tweeted. "Robin Williams is a tragic loss."


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