On August 11, 2014, the world lost a truly wonderful and amazing man, actor and comedian, Robin Williams.
Williams has died at the age of 63, from what is believed to be, at this time, asphyxiation due to suicide. Williams had apparently been battling severe depression recently, according to his publicist. He has also been in rehab for drug/alcohol abuse twice, as well as had heart surgery in 2009.
Williams has been around the entertainment industry for decades and was, without a doubt, one of the most talented and special performers of our time. There seemed to be no element that he could not tackle, no part he could not play. He was multi-talented, funny, caring, generous, giving and amazing. He has made us laugh by playing characters such as the alien, Mork from Ork, the husband dressed as a woman in Mrs. Doubtfire and the wonderfully humorous gay man in The Birdcage. He has also managed to capture characters of a more serious nature with roles in films such as, What Dreams May Come, Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society. As well as touched our hearts with roles like Jack Powell, the child in the body of an adult in the film, Jack. His skill and talent as a stand-up comedian was legendary, and his skill in the theatre was equally amazing.
Robin Williams was a staunch and determined supporter of many charities throughout his life and devoted much of his time and energy toward that end. He and his second ex-wife, Marsha Garces, are the founders of the Windfall Foundation, which is a philanthropic organization that raises money for a variety of different charities. In addition, he has also performed with the USO for our United States troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
No matter what he was doing or saying, Robin Williams was truly a man who inspired and touched others with his special brand of humor. Without a doubt, his loss will be felt deeply for many years to come and his talent and smile can never be replaced. Heartfelt prayers and sympathy go out to his wife, children, family and friends. You will be forever missed.