On the one-year anniversary of Robin Williams’ tragic suicide, some of the stars who knew him best shared fond memories and honored a man who will always be remembered as one of the world’s all-time comedy greats. Williams passed away on Aug. 11, 2014 in his Paradise Bay home and police later revealed the cause of death to be suicide by hanging.
To commemorate his passing, some of the actor’s friends and co-stars spoke out yesterday, sharing heartfelt tributes and revealing new details about the weeks leading up to Williams’ passing.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who starred beside him in the sitcom The Crazy Ones, honored Robin Williams’ legacy via Instagram yesterday, posting a photo of the Boston bench made famous when Williams sat alongside Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting almost two decades ago.
The post was accompanied by an emotionally charged quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.”
Gellar closed the post with a touching message to the fallen comedian, stating simply, “You succeeded RW.”
Comedian and director Robert “Bobcat” Goldthwait, who called Robin Williams his “best friend,” also spoke out yesterday, sitting down with Yahoo Global News anchor Katie Couric to open up about their decades-long relationship.
“In regards to my own friendship, you know, he was one of the biggest stars in the world and he was always concerned about my career and always acted like we were peers, when in no way… you know, I knew the reality.”
Goldthwait also shared details about the first time he met Williams, which happened during the 1980s in the kitchen of a comedy club, going on to describe Robin as a caring, thoughtful friend throughout the years.
“He was so kind. His generosity for the people around him was amazing, but you know if you met him, he would make you laugh, but he would also laugh at what you had to say.”
When the topic moved to his final conversations with Williams before his untimely death, Goldthwait said the two spoke “all the time” and “never got off the phone without saying ‘I love you,'” which he said was the last sentiment the longtime friends ever got to share.
Actor John Stamos and singer LeAnn Rimes Cibrian also took to social media yesterday to pay homage to Robin Williams and his enduring memory.
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