Remembering Robin Williams
He made you laugh and he made you cry. Described as ‘a lightning ball of nervous comic energy’, it's safe to say that comedian and actor Robin Williams was loved by many. So here at Miista, we were deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden news of his death last night. He has played an endless range of roles. From the frumpy yet fiery Ms. Doubtfire to the unhappy and challenged Sean Maguire, Williams wasn't one to be typecast. His success was no surprise.
Aged 63, he was found dead in his home in California after what is believed to be suspected suicide. He was recently admitted into rehab in Minnesota, having struggled with mental illness and addiction since the 1970s. Sadly this seems to affect many who are are fortunate to be so talented. Those who can’t cope with the pressures of everyday life often turn to addictive substances. Take the recent deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Peaches Geldof. This morning, in a tribute to her husband, Susan Schneider pleaded that the focus would not be on his death. She asked asked that people could just acknowledge the ‘countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions’. There is no denying that joy and laughter is what this incredible man gave. His wife is right, that's how he should be remembered. Thousands of tributes have been payed to Williams over social media. From the likes of Obama and co-star and close friend Steve Martin there has been an endless stream of respect and kind words. In tribute, Steven Spielberg notes how he used to frequently call Williams whilst filming Schindler's List in order for him to stay positive in a time of great darkness. It is clear that his heart-warming comedy and care extended to all those around him. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science posted a tweet with the simple words of ‘Genie, you’re free’ in relation to his role in popular Disney classic Aladdin.
Perhaps he now is truly free. Rest in peace, Robin Williams.