As a long time fan and admirer I had the great privilege of seeing and witnessing his genius live in front of my eyes almost 6 years ago now.
In a strange circle of events I remember the show vividly to this day, mainly because my mood was shot to hell and all I had on my mind was death. I got through the show despite the severe panic attacks, deranged thoughts, sweats and absolute horror of sitting amongst thousands of people in a confined space. I felt like killing myself that day or doing some sort of harm, but thanks to his gift of laughter and being so genuinely human and heartfelt he lifted my mood greatly. This is the main reason this news hits so hard.
Depression is an endless black, smouldering cloud even on the sunniest of days.
For anyone that’s an artist out there, we’ve lost one of our greats. Ending on a happier note, we’ll have decades of laughs to come thanks to the brilliant catalog of work and talent he left us with in his diverse and extraordinary career.
RIP Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)
A legend gone way too soon…