Robin Williams

williams1July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

Sometimes, it’s just completely outside the realm of possibility that a star that shines so bright can be extinguished. Such is the case with Robin Williams, one of the most talented and popular entertainers in the world for more than 30 years. As someone who grew up in the 1980’s, I could never have imagined a world that didn’t contain some form of Robin. From his star-making role as the titular Orkan on ABC’s Mork and Mindy to his Academy Award winning (dramatic) turn in Good Will Hunting, Williams was always there…always larger-than-life…always great.

His manic style played well to audiences who tried desperately to keep up with the comedian’s rapid delivery. He would go off the cuff on one subject and, 5 minutes later, viewers were trying to figure out not only how he got to where he ended up, but how they can be breathing having laughed so hard. His brain was seemingly firing non-stop – with no boundary or direction taboo. He was one of a kind.

So, when the world lost Robin Williams to suicide in 2014, shock was the new reality. Few would have seen it coming. None could imagine a post-Robin world. Yet, there we all were, remembering his countless characters and performances. Reciting lines from Good Morning, Vietnam, Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire. The world mourned his passing with laughter and tears. It was suddenly little less funny of a place – and a lot less bright.

Burial

Cremated – Robin’s ashes were scattered in the San Francisco Bay.

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