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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2014
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2014
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    Warren Ellis' tweet:

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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2014 edited
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    I'm a comedian. I grew up with Robin Williams. His were some of the first comedies I ever loved, some of the first stand-up I ever saw. I can't tell you how many times I would watch and rewatch Hook, Jumanji, Patch Adams as a kid. I also can't say what portion of me wouldn't be there without Robin Williams, but I know it's a very real part of me. Every story I've heard of the man talks about how kind and generous he was, how he cheered up Christopher Reeves on his hospital bed. It's a bit ironic that he's the man best suited to cheering up the lives of all those he's affected. He's one of the comedians I'd have most liked to meet, to shake his hand and tell him the difference he made to me. And yeah, we even shared a favorite comic book. So, not in the best mood right now.
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    This one hurts, a lot. The thing about it is not only that I (like many) grew up with his comedy and his film roles, but also that he seemed to be such an open and generous and honest and giving person in interviews and stuff that it really felt like I knew him. Like he was this slightly eccentric funny uncle that would pop up from time to time, so losing him feels very much like losing a family member (and it's weird that my actual 'fun' uncle that I had growing up committed suicide himself several years ago after silently struggling with apparently undiagnosed depression).
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    Like he was this slightly eccentric funny uncle that would pop up from time to time

    That's exactly it. It feels like we've lost our favourite, crazy uncle.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2014
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2014
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    I'm listening to Marc Maron's interview with him from a few years ago - it keeps hitting me in the feels

    http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/remembering_robin_williams
    • CommentAuthorajeroth
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2014
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    Got that queued up for the drive home. Maron is a great interviewer. I'm expecting to be a broken man by the time I get home.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2014
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    What strikes me most in all the anecdotes about Williams are his acts of kindness. Anonymous texts to a comic whose set, which Williams saw, betrayed a pain which Williams felt obligated to help him through. Sick kids visited.

    Sigh.
    • CommentAuthorajeroth
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2014
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    The Maron interview is very much worth the listen. At one point, Robin does a hilarious bit about . . . why he wouldn't commit suicide. Hard to hear, but as I say worth the listen.