This is one of the hardest posts I have ever written. Now that it is confirmed that legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams has passed away at the age of 63 from an apparent suicide, the shocking news has hit pretty much all of us at the same time. It’s still almost surreal. Such a funny, kind and empathetic man taken from us way too early.
Williams’ work is something that crossed generations. You knew him from Mork & Mindy as well as Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, but in between Williams enabled all of us to laugh through some hard times in our lives, even as he was going through his own demons. The legend once quipped that he decided to go to alcohol rehabilitation in Napa “to keep his options open.” In death, those words have gone from hilarious to what we can consider to be sobering.
Williams, who was going through deep depression, apparently took his life Monday afternoon in Tiburon, California.
This is one of my ways to mourn, as the death of Mr. Williams has had a major impact on all us of in its own way. But the impact of his life and work was felt more in the San Francisco Bay Area than anywhere else. It’s beyond description. I grew up on Mork & Mindy stories, watched reruns of the show, had Mork suspenders. Heck, my mother even once said that my first word was “Nana, Nanu,” a legendary saying from the television show.
Needless to say, Williams’ life and career impacted us all in a different way.
And here is how some in the sports world, just one of the realms that he impacted a great deal, responded.
RIP Robin Williams !! One of the best actors ever!!
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) August 12, 2014
You never know what someone is going through. A simple conversation can save a life. RIP Robin Williams
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) August 12, 2014
If you're a fan of his work… Or the game..Robin Williams riff on how The Scots invented golf might be the single greatest comedic bit ever
— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 12, 2014
So many childhood memories were giving to me by this man's movies… Robin Williams you shall be… http://t.co/DQX6euiufz
— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) August 12, 2014
Saddened by the loss of Robin Williams. Brought so much joy to all of us. Frequented my Restaurant in the 80's & was privileged to know him.
— Rod Gilbert (@rodgilbert7) August 12, 2014
— Mike Oz (@mikeoz) August 12, 2014
Robin Williams was one of the most gifted impromptu comedians of our time. May he rest in peace.
— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) August 12, 2014
"Best of Times" & "Survivors" were not big box-office hits but were two of my all-time favorite Robin Williams' movies. Cult classics.
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) August 12, 2014
— AO San Jose (@AOSanJose) August 11, 2014
Robin Williams. That is the saddest news. That one really hurts. What a talented person.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 11, 2014
An actor. A comedian. A father. A husband. A fan. A friend. A legend. Rest in peace, Robin Williams. pic.twitter.com/mowfRy5l72
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) August 11, 2014
RIP Robin Williams. You will be greatly, greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/nJeFTTzerp
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) August 11, 2014
O Captain, My captain. RIP Robin. pic.twitter.com/EvGWVXZH0M
— Dylan Bishop (@DraftBishop) August 11, 2014
I know a lot of people around my age haven't seen Good Morning Vietnam. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Clips: https://t.co/FsgDNUXvOJ
— Ryan Phillips (@RumorsandRants) August 11, 2014
And let’s be honest. Everyone knows The Genie from Aladdin. Nobody could have done that tile better.
— Tre9er (@Tre9er) August 11, 2014
Everyone will mourn Williams’ death in their own way. For me, it will be about remembering the career of one of the iconic individuals in the world. From “Live at the Met” back in the early 1980’s to his most recent famous standup on Broadway, Williams had an ability to make us all laugh about a wide range of different things.
Here are some clips of his sports-related acts that you must check out in memory of one of the greatest comedians ever.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Williams’ wife and his family during this most difficult time. We were all better with him in this world. Let’s make sure to keep him alive in memory by continuing to respect and pay homage to the life and career that was.
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