Along with the world I grieve for Robin Williams. I grieve for a man with whom we have laughed and cried, a man who has given so much of himself to all who loved him...family, friends and the far wider community of people who only knew him through his films. And he died alone, when his overpowering depression and battle with addiction finally got too much for him. We may never know what the final straw was for him, what made him feel he couldn't do this 'life' thing a moment longer. Depression haunts so many, from all walks of life, no barriers such as wealth, poverty. Colour or creed. R U OK are the words we need to say, and we need to listen for the answer, listen from our hearts.
So many unforgettable films will have Robin Williams in our minds for ever. Mork and Mindy, Good Will Hunting, The Birdcage, Dead Poets Society and of course the indomitable Mrs Doubtfire come easily to me but there are so many more.
His humour, his whimsical smile, his warmth, his wry look at life. All unforgettable. And yet with all his laughter, his comedy there lurked a sadness in his eyes that he could never quite dispel.
We will remember him, our children will remember him and our grandchildren will watch his films and get to know this very loveable man. Thankyou Robin Williams for a wonderful life you shared with us all.