When I got into work I can honestly say I had a lump in my throat when I found out the 63-year-old was infact Robin Williams.
"You're only given a little spark of madness. You musn't lose it." - Robin Williams
I'm not one to feel touched or heartbroken by celebrity deaths, though Rik Mayall's unexpected death a few months ago really hit home. However, this was because of the connection to my dad and spending loads of time when I was little (too little probably) watching Bottom and the Young Ones. But the death of Robin Williams, and the fact he has taken his own life, is something that has genuinely effected me.
In a statement from his wife, and the tribute from his daughter Zelda, they both urge everyone to focus on his life rather than his death and so I will. Whenever it is that I have children I will show them the magic in films like Aladdin and watch them tear up just as I did when he sets the Genie free. Though, maybe they will have to wait a while until I introduce them to One Hour Photo and how ridiculously scary a man I grew up with can be.
"You, you alone will have the stars as no one else has them. In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the stars at night. You - only you - will have the stars that can laugh." - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
"I love you. I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up. Z" - Tribute from Zelda Williams