The late Robin Williams has been getting tributes in honor of what would have been his 64th birthday. Williams passed away at the age of 63 after committing suicide last August due to his suffering with depression for the majority of his life. His death came as a shock to millions and also destigmatized the “face” of depression.
Although millions have been giving the late actor tributes across different platforms of social media, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar’s tribute stands out. Gellar has said in the past that Williams was a father figure to her later on in life. The actress, who co-starred on the short lived show The Crazy Ones, grew up without a father.
Back when the comedian passed away, Gellar said, “My life is a better place because I knew Robin Williams.”
She continued, “To my children he was Uncle Robin, to everyone he worked with, he was the best boss anyone had ever known, and to me he was not just an inspiration but he was the Father I had always dreamed of having. There are not enough adjectives to describe the light he was, to anyone that ever had the pleasure to meet him. I will miss him everyday, but I know the memory of him will live on. And to his family, I thank them for letting us know him and seeing the joy they brought him. Us crazy ones love you.”
For his 64th birthday Gellar left an equally touching tribute to the actor on Instagram. Posting a black and white picture of the two embracing and laughing with each other, the actress captioned the photo with lyrics from the popular song “Smile.”
“Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking. Happy Birthday RW.”
Here’s some other tributes made in Robin’s name for his birthday.
— Indiewire (@indiewire) July 21, 2015
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 21, 2015
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) July 21, 2015
Today in Geek History: “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Happy BDay Robin Williams. pic.twitter.com/fgKByosdTq
— thinkgeek (@thinkgeek) July 21, 2015
— Scott Eddy (@MrScottEddy) July 21, 2015
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