Veteran actor Robin Williams was found dead in his home on Monday at age 63. The death is being ruled a suicide by asphyxiation according to the coroner’s office in Tiburon, California. According to Williams’s publicist, Robin had been battling depression as of late and had entered rehab for drug abuse.
Williams blazed into the spotlight with his beloved character “Mork”. He then went on to earn lead roles in “Good Morning, Vietnam”, “Dead Poets Society”, and “The Fisher King” for all which he received an Academy Award nomination respectively. He took home an Oscar for his role in the highly-acclaimed film “Good Will Hunting” for which was rightly deserved.
But for me, what I will miss most about Williams is the joy and laughter he undoubtedly brought into the lives of all that witnessed his work. A comedic genius, Williams had the gift of improvisation and he was always just an absolute delight to watch. I will never forget him in “Ms. Doubtfire” as the dad who took up the mantle as a Scottish nanny in order to be apart of his on-screen children’s lives. Also, no one can forget him as the all-powerful genie in “Aladdin”. But most special to me was his role as Hunter Adams in “Patch Adams”. Having had loved ones be struck with serious illnesses was a crushing blow in my life, but Williams’s portrayal in that movie showed me that just by being there and staying positive for them in their darkest of hours, I was making a helpful contribution for their recovery.
R.I.P. Robin Williams. You will be sorely missed and will forever hold a special place in my heart.