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Robin Williams, Funny Man Revere, a Global Icon, has Left the Stage

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On August - 12 - 2014

Williams died yesterday at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide

President Barack Obama issues statement on his death

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By Juanita Bratcher

Actor & Comedian Robin Williams was funny as hell! He was hilarious. With a bag full of jokes and satirical humor, he was by far the world’s funniest man. He made us laugh. He made us smile. Sometimes the jokes were so funny they brought us to tears. There was no question, Williams was the king of comedy. He was super talented. I can’t think of any other artist (comedian, that is) that could match his wit and skills when it came to putting funny things together or even the way he would say and express  them. He was truly in a class all by himself; he was a comedy giant, a comedy icon, a comedy genius, and one of a kind. When he made TV appearances you knew before he opened his mouth that you would be in for minutes of hilarious laughter…good laughter,  and would find yourself laughing all over the place, at just about anything he said. He had a natural talent. It seems he was meant to be a comedian,  that was his forte’. He knew it; and so did his many followers and admirers. His movies were hilarious…all good, as they say. And now the famous and not so famous mourn his loss.

But just as the talented Williams had us bursting over with laughter…there were other nagging things that doggedly  stood in his way – his bouts with cocaine and depression. And at times he had talked about those nagging things. Take for instance, Williams battled nagging health problems and struggled with substance abuse – cocaine and alcohol addiction. Even after 20 years of sobriety, Williams found himself checking into rehab in 2006 for alcohol abuse.

An Oscar-winning actor/ comic, Williams, his full name, Robin McLaurin Williams, was found unconscious and not breathing in his home in Tiburon, Calif. Monday.

In a brief statement, his wife, Susan Schneider, said, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

Williams won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting and Wikipedia noted that he was “ Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards .”

President Obama’s statement on Williams’ death:

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.  But he was one of a kind.  He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.  He made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.  The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

Robin Williams will be sorely missed by family, friends, associates and people across the world who were aware and familiar with his career on and off the big screen. He was funny and a favorite to many. He knew it and so did we. RIP Robin Williams.

Juanita Bratcher is the CEO & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine

Photo: Actor & Comedian Robin Williams.

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