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Today marks the first anniversary of Robbin Williams’s tragic death. The famous actor and comedian took his life on August 11, 2014 and left behind devastated family members, friends and fellow actors.
The news of his suicide saddened millions of fans around the world and his faithful audience continues to keep his legacy alive. Among the many heart wrenching tributes that have honored the beloved Oscar-winning actor’s life, the speech delivered by his close friend Billy Crystal stands out as one of the most touching eulogies ever. Here’s what Crystal said at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards:
He made us laugh, hard, any time you saw him. As genius as he was onstage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine—supportive, protective, loving. It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he’s so present in all of our lives. For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy, but though some of the brightest stars are extinct now. They float in the heavens, so far away form us now, their beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever…[and sometimes] you’ll think to yourselves, ‘Robin Williams, what a concept.’
Although people have paid their respect to Williams in more ways than one, the best thing all of us can do is raise awareness about depression and suicide and that’s exactly what his family wants to do. Putting aside her pain, Zelda Williams posted an emotional note on Twitter in an effort to encourage people to fight depression and help those who have lost the will to live.
Apart from sharing the names and locations of several mental health institutions, Zelda ended the note by mentioning her father, saying “…my dad openly fought depression his whole life, both in general and his own. No matter what anyone says, it is a FIGHT. Fight on.”
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