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  1. RIP Robin Williams

    #815132014-08-12 00:20:33 *DarkChaplain said:

    Today, Robin Williams, one of the greatest, kindest actors of our age, has been found dead at his home in California. It seems that depression has caught up to him at last, and driven him into taking his own life.

    His wife, Susan Schneider, had this to say to the public:

    "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,"

    I agree with her. Robin Williams was an ace of a man, a grand comedian, an actor with few equals. I grew up watching movies starring him, such as Jumanji or Hook, the Bicentennial Man, Mrs Doubtfire, or even his role as Genie in Aladdin.

    Williams was also very open about his struggles. He had troubles with alcohol, as a result of his depressions. In the late 70s and early 80s, cocaine played a part in his life. The death of his friend John Belushi and the birth of his son had gotten him off the drug. In 2006, he relapsed and got help to combat his alcoholism. For 20 years he stayed sober, until he found himself with the problem, and took steps to get out of that self-destructive pit.

    In 2009, he ended up in hospital due to heart problems. He was given a strong drug against the pain during his operation, which Michael Jackson used, and eventually ended his life. He made reference to it, warning people of drug abuse, during his comedy shows on stage.

    Together with his second wife, Robin Williams founded Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization raising money for various charities. He was an engaged proponent of charity, and did many things to support good causes. He donated all the proceeds of his "Weapons of Self Destructions" album to the 2010 Canterbury Earthquake disaster victims, both via the Red Cross and the rebuilding efforts. Even through his battles with severe depression, he donated money to help others sharing similar troubles.

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    Robin Williams was more than just an actor. He was an icon. He was a wonderful piece of human culture. His contributions to cinema history and to human kindness have made their mark on past and current generations. This is a man who lived, and helped others live. This is a man who often extended his hand to offer support to others, who understood his own weaknesses and problems, and was not afraid to admit them.
    This is a man who made people smile and laugh, who entertained them, while also teaching them subtle lessons. This is a man who loved video games, who enjoyed classics like Warcraft 3, Half-Life and even sniped people in Battlefield. He played Dungeons & Dragons. He was nerdy in all the right places. Even though naming his daughter after Princess Zelda may have been a bit much.

    He was a man who celebrated his last, 63rd birthday, by having a monkey sit on his shoulder and having pictures taking, smiling.

    We have lost somebody irreplacable today.

    Goodbye, Peter Pan. I will miss you dearly..

  2. #815142014-08-12 00:29:42Gwynn said:

    Death to Smoochy got a lot of flak when it was released, no one seemed to like it much. It's one of my favorites though, I'll be watching it later today.

  3. #815162014-08-12 00:37:24 *DarkChaplain said:

    My whole Twitter timeline is full of sadness and thankfulness in equal measure...

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  4. #815192014-08-12 01:05:46DarkChaplain said:

    Obama issued a statement:

    Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.

  5. #815262014-08-12 12:22:14awkwardangels said:

    What can I say? I grew up watching his films, either on VHS or on cable. Its almost unreal he's gone, its unreal he was suffering from depression. He always seemed happy... Goes to show you how deep depression can go.

    I wish his family the best, I know he adored his daughter Zelda. I can't imagine how they're feeling.

  6. #815292014-08-12 16:21:05 *Kip said:

    there's nothing much i can say that hasn't already been said before.

    i grew up watching Robin Williams. his movies played a special part in my life; his humor, his smile, laughter, sadness, and talent. all those things inspired me in ways i can't describe. he could be the hero, the villain, or the victim. i couldn't bare to watch him in World's Greatest Dad, and his role in August Rush genuinely had me scared. i cheered for him in Mrs. Doubtfire, and i sang along to his songs as the Genie. he was an incredible actor who could play any role given to him, and put his person entirely into the part.

    my favorite movie he starred in had to have been Patch Adams. it got me through a very desperate and lonely time in my life; i can remember laying awake in bed and watching this heartbreaking but motivational story of a man who refused to give up despite all the circumstances, and Robin Williams portrayal of this man was more than amazing.

    the line that will always stick with me for the rest of my life from this movie;

    A doctor's mission should be not just to prevent death, but to also improve the quality of life. That's why - you treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you win.

    the news of his death weighs heavy on my heart. a man who brought such joy to peoples lives was suffering all this time, battling his own depression while still putting smiles on others faces. the sun shines a little bit less today as i mourn for this marvelous, fantastic human being. Robin Williams once said that if Heaven exists, he'd hope that there was laughter. i am sure that if he were in Heaven right now, Robin Williams would be that pure happiness he wished for.

    rest in peace. thank you for all that you've done for us.

  7. #815642014-08-13 18:14:25Kip said:

    Koko the gorilla is a resident at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, CA and communicates understands spoken english and uses over 1,000 signs to share her feelings and thoughts on daily life. After the first call about Robin’s passing, Koko came to Dr. Patterson with an inquiring look on her face. Dr. Patterson explained that ‘we have lost a dear friend, Robin Williams.' Koko was quiet and looked very thoughtful, Koko signed the words for “woman” and “crying.” Koko became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering; she was crying over the loss of her friend.

    "Robin made Koko smile — something she hadn’t done for over six months, ever since her childhood gorilla companion, Michael, passed away. Not only did Robin cheer up Koko, the effect was mutual, and Robin seemed transformed — from a high-energy entertainer, into a mellow, sensitive, empathetic guy, who also happened to be really funny." -Dr. Patterson

  8. #815772014-08-14 01:59:03Warlock said:

    This is really sad. He was a great actor and a really cool guy. I remember enjoying all of the movies I've watched with him in it.

  9. #816192014-08-16 16:47:43 *olivaisfire1997 said:

    Okay, I'm finnally able to post something here. I'm glad this thread remmained open, because I've been wanting to share my thoughts about Robin Williams, and his unfortunate death.

    I was in the middle of my vacation when I heard the news, and it hit me hard, because this man meant something to me, he was, well, my biggest idol. I wasn't introduced to Robin like most people were, I actually only saw one of his movies for the first times 4 years ago, but the first time I witnessed his pressence was during a dark time of mine, mostly mentally, I struggled with several problems and needed professional help for quite a while. During that period, I was one night, randomly searching youtube videos, just to make time go faster, when I found a full stand-up performance of Robin Williams. (the 2009 one if I remember correctly) I wasn't really expecting anything, I knew nothing of him or his act, so I decided to play it in the background, what followed that where moments of pure bliss to me, I was getting interested in that man, that man throwing great jokes, one after another, about the most mundane things, and they were brilliant, I actually did something I haven't done for a while during that time, I laughed, I really laughed, I laughed so hard, that tears started coming up to my eyes, my sides were hurting, so was my mouth, but I couldn't stop, I didn't want to stop, I was laughing after so long that I never wanted to stop.

    After that, I started paying more attention to Robin, tried searching more stand-up, looked for his movies, I even watched a few episodes of his TV show. I was hooked, I was actually fascinated with the person on my computer screen, I wanted to know more about him, I wanted to be like him, but most of all I wanted to talk with him, I felt I needed to thank a man who had done so much for me, without even knowing about it. I joined a theatre group, started trying improv, and overall comedy, I wanted to be just like him.Honestly, no matter how naive or stupid as it may seem, I still want to, I aspire to be such an electrifying person, who can be so honest, who wants people to feel good, no matter where they are, or how they are.

    But, it still pains me deeply that I couldn't share this with the man who gave me laughs and dreams where there was once only darkness. So I'll say it here. Robin, thank you, for everything, you will be missed. YTtHRBc.jpg

  10. #816262014-08-16 22:54:14Rebel said:

    I almost shed a tear on my phone while in public transport when I found out he committed suicide Ughh Fuck... I hate this feeling ahhhhhh... You will be missed Awesome person...

  11. #816602014-08-18 15:19:30Rinneko said:

    Personally, I do not have much of a connection to Robin Williams. However, I do know of his achievements as an actor and reputation as a great individual. He will be missed by many. Rest in peace, Mr Williams.