Robin Williams, 1951-2014

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Sometimes a celebrity’s death can leave you lost for words. That is certainly the case with Robin Williams.

I have sat staring at my computer screen for about half an hour now, and I am still struggling to know what to write. Robin Williams had a supreme talent, and he used that talent to make all our lives that little bit brighter.

His boundless energy and quick wit endeared him to so many people as he made countless generations laugh.

I, like so many my age, grew up with his work, and the earliest memories I have of Williams are of watching Mork & Mindy on TV when I was younger. His films formed a strong part of my childhood and the likes of Hook, Aladdin, and Jumanji were watched on repeat in my house, likely much to the annoyance of my parents.

As I grew older films like Insomnia, One Hour Photo and Night at the Museum became the norm, but it was always those childhood films that stuck with me.

Just the other week I re-watched Aladdin for the first time in years, and Williams’s performance as Genie is full of his usual energy and clever use of impersonations.

Robin Williams clearly had a profound effect on people, and his death has come as a crushing blow to many. While it would not be fair for me to comment on the events surrounding his death, it is clear that Williams had battled with severe depression for a good part of his adult life.

I can only hope that he has now found some form of peace. My thoughts are with his friends and family at this deeply sad time.

Kieron Townend

Updated: Aug 13, 2014

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