As I sit here on this cool Friday night writing this, I am still in disbelief. I cannot believe you are gone. We never knew each other, but I feel such a loss, as I’m sure the entire world does. A light has gone out.
I remember seeing you for the first time on “Happy Days” using your alien powers on Fonzie and the gang. I had no idea who you were then. Nor did I have any idea that you would go on to fill my life with so much laughter. From television to movies to stand-up comedy. I laughed until I cried. I loved “Mork & Mindy.” I even had the trading cards. My first year of college, I listened to your “Live At The Met” cassette so many times, I practically memorized it. “Aladdin” became my favorite Disney movie because of you. Watching you in “Good Morning Vietnam” only furthered my dream to become a radio DJ, which I finally did in 1994. The list goes on and on. I have quoted more of your funny lines than I can count. The first time I ever saw you in a dramatic role, I thought, “there’s no way a guy this funny could pull it off.” But you did. I remember thinking what a wonderful person you must be and that if the opportunity ever came along, that one day I would like to shake your hand. Maybe even give you a hug.
When I saw the news notification on my phone on Monday evening of your passing, I remember thinking it was a rumor. A mistake. There was no way Robin Williams was gone. It had to be wrong. People die. It’s just a fact of life. But not you. You were larger than life. But the news footage only confirmed my shock and fear. You were gone. A cold shiver ran down my spine. It was the end of an era. I stood there, alone, looking up into the sky and wondering why…
You brought so much laughter and joy to this world. Yet you were in so much pain. I cannot imagine the pain you must have been in, thinking that this world would be better off without you. I will not analyze you or judge you. But I would like to say thank you for all of the wonderful things you have done; for the countless lives, including mine, that you have touched. I only hope with all my heart that your pain has come to an end and that you are finally at peace.
Rest well, Mr. Williams. I shall miss you.