The Passing Of Robin Williams

The World Loses One Of Its Most Talented Comedians

by Matthew McKenna

When you hear that someone died, you often feel sad, but when you hear about someone that you’ve watched and loved for your entire life has died, you become devastated.

On August 11, the talented and renowned comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead in his California home. The Marin County Sheriff’s Department said he was found unconscious on the floor at noon by a passerby. Police say his death to be suicide due to asphyxia. His family said he’s been battling with depression. Problems that have lead to this were the inability to control his his substance abuse and the cancellation of his CBS sitcom, The Crazy Ones.

Robin Williams was born July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. He studied political science then later switched to drama. His career started in stand up comedy.  He eventually went on television. His most popular appearance was his character as Mork on Happy Days. Eventually this character has a spinoff known as Mork and Mindy.

Robin’s first big screen appearance was on the live interpretation Popeye, playing as the title character.  More films soon followed that landed him Oscar nominations such as Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, and Mrs. Doubtfire. The role that earned him his first win was the supporting role as Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting.

Williams also was voiced in many animated movies due to his colorful charisma. His most popular movie that he voiced in was Disney’s Aladdin as Genie. His latest work will be the third installment of The Night at the Museum franchise, reprising his role as President Theodore Roosevelt. During all of those roles, he still did stand up comedy which would be televised such as HBO’s Robin Williams on Broadway.

Robin’s family asks for their privacy as they grieve for their loss and not to focus on his death but to remember how he made us laugh. There will be an autopsy and toxicity report to see what was the real cause of death. Many fans of the talented performer cannot believe that he is dead.

Along with the fans, celebrities are in shock as well by his death. Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres posted on twitter, “I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.” Conan O’Brien shared his feelings on Robin’s death towards the end of the show and wanted to pay tribute. Even President Obama stated he was sad about Williams’s death. Robin Williams was The Man Who Made Us Laugh.

Rest in peace Robin, all of us know you’re making the angels laugh.


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