Robin Williams

The world is a little less funny today. Comic icon Robin Williams took his own life this morning. He gave into his demons and now he is gone. All across the globe hearts are broken and sadness reigns.

Like most people my first experience with Robin Williams was Mork and Mindy. The show came on before I was born, but I can still remember watching it with my parents. After that it was Popeye. Whenever I remember Popeye, Robin’s face is what comes to mind.

He has been in so many great films that I cannot pick a favorite. He’s been creepy in One Hour Photo, charming in Patch Adams, philosophical in Dead Poets Society, touching in What Dreams May Come and hilarious in The Birdcage. He was one of the most versitile actors that I can remember. He was a comedian first, but he took his dramatic roles seriously. That made us take him seriously as well.

He loved The Legend of Zelda so much that he named his only daughter after the titular princess. If that’s not cool, I don’t know what is. He also was a die hard 49er fan. I could relate to him on more than just his body of work.

I’ve always felt a little odd letting myself feel so sad when celebrities pass. I’ve never met any of these people. I don’t know them personally. Yet they have entered our lives and touched us with their work. They make us laugh and cry. They become a part of us and it’s hard not to get a little misty eyed when someone you’ve admired and enjoyed for so long will no longer entertain you.

I will greatly miss Robin Williams. I am sad to see him go and beyond shocked at his passing. The world is a little less funny today. Even if we all stepped up that void will never be filled. Goodbye Robin. Thanks for everything.

If you or someone you know are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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