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…R.I.P. Robin Williams.

When the rumours of Robin Williams’ death were confirmed yesterday it came as one hell of a shock.

Had just been flicking through the TV channels when I landed halfway through a scheduled episode of “Family Guy” where everything Pete Griffin touches turns into Robin Williams. Programme stopped as I logged onto Twitter and the first tweet I see mentions it being weird after watching that episode, after hearing about Williams.

Was only watching “The Fisher King” the other night, hadn’t seen it for quite a while. Big fan of a lot of Robin Williams work, right from the moment I saw my first episode of “Mork & Mindy” one of my favourite shows as a kid. Where else could you get Robert Donner, taking time out from being the sidekick to the bad guy in a cowboy, be a crazed preacher worshipping O.J. Simpson.

As with “The Fisher King” loved a number of his works, “Good Morning Vietnam” has probably the stand out classic Williams performance but along with the laughs there was the straight stuff – “The Fisher King” falls into that – like “Homicide: Life on the Street” and then his creepy roles in “One Hour Photo” and “Insomnia”.

Then there was the stand up stuff. Don’t know how many times I’ve seen “Live at the Met”.

Again another person who made us laugh killed by their own depression.

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