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In Memory of Robin Williams

Updated on August 12, 2014
Robin Williams
Robin Williams | Source

August 11, 2014 is the day the laughter died. The amazing and wonderfully funny Robin Williams was found dead in his home at the age of 63. The cause of death is believed to be suicide by asphyxiation.

Robin Williams was an absolute legend and his death left many in a state of disbelief. How could a man that made so many people laugh for so long be gone and taken from us so tragically?

Best known as an incredibly talented actor and comedian, Robin Williams had a career that spanned several decades. Robin originally became famous for playing roles such as Mork from the hit show Mork and Mindy, and for starring in films such as Good Morning, Vietnam. There were many notable roles he played and you could pretty much guarantee that if something starred Robin Williams it was going to be fantastic.

Robin Williams Stand Up - Alcohol and Marijuana

Not only was Williams an incredible comedic actor, he mastered the more serious roles as well. There are very few individuals out there that leave such an impression on so many people. One of those rare beings was Mr. Robin Williams. Soon after his death news channels and social media blew up with tributes and a variety of posts about the actor. It is very clear that he was loved by many, many people.

The last thing that Robin tweeted was a birthday wish to his daughter Zelda.

"#tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday @zeldawilliams Love you!"

Shortly after he passed, Zelda Rae Williams posted a touching quote on her Twitter account.

"You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them ... In one of those stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night ... You - only you- will have stars that can laugh." - Antoine De Saint-Exupery . I love you. I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up - Z."

Williams' third wife, Susan Schneider, stated "I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken."

Personal Life of Robin Williams

Williams rose to fame in the 1970's and had a career that spanned four decades. He was married three times, the first time in 1978 to Valerie Velardi. The two had a son named Zachary but Williams had an extramarital affair and the marriage ended in divorce. In 1989 WIlliams married his son's nanny but, after two children, that marriage ended in divorce also. Williams married his third wife in 2011 and was with her until his death on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Williams struggled with addiction for quite a while. In the 1970's and 1980's he suffered from a cocaine addiction. Williams stated that the death of fellow actor john Belushi as well as the birth of his son prompted the actor to quit drugs and alcohol. However, Williams relapsed in 2003 and began drinking again. Three years later he sought treatment for his addictions and checked himself into rehab.

According to sources, Williams suffered from depression and it is thought that this is what led to his suicide.

Williams led an amazing life from the perspective of others and nobody could have predicted that his life would come to an end in such a tragic way. He was an amazing comedian, actor, and human being. He left an incredible legacy and we will continue to cherish his films for years to come.

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Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire | Source

Robin Williams was a talented, funny, and unique man that will be greatly missed. He has left us far too soon but his amazing spirit lives on in our hearts and in his films. Anytime we could use a laugh all we need to do is pop in one of his movies. Please know that you've brought many people a lot of joy in your life and, for that, we thank you Mr. Williams. May you rest in peace.


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