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A star has fallen: The day the world became a little less funny

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The death of Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 by apparent suicide has left the world in a state of shock and grief. The man who spent his life giving us laughter and smiles has suddenly and silently extinguished that light of humor that we have always associates with him.

The laughter began full force in 1978 with Williams bringing Mork from Ork into our living rooms and into our hearts. His infectious humor and zany personality captured our attention from the moment he said “nanu nanu”.

From Good Morning, Vietnam in 1987 to current projects that we will later watch him perform, Williams has commanded the silver screen with not only his talent and gift for laughter, but also with his own personal touch of creativity. It has been said many times over the years that he requires a certain percentage of creative control; so that he can stretch his humorous mind and wings and bring more life to the character he is portraying than what is solely on a script.

Robin Williams wasn't just an actor and comedienne; he was an iconic part of the 20th and 21st century. He brought us films that made us laugh, cry and ponder realistic issues that people in the world deal with every day. His gift to the world was legendary and he will forever live on as one of the greatest actors of all times.

Let's reflect on Williams' immense quantity of projects. What was your favorite movie or TV show? Tell us in the comments.

On August 11, 2014 a true Hollywood and beyond star fell from the sky and left us pondering how this could happen. The world became a little less funny and lighthearted as we wonder if this was preventable.

If you or someone you know is suffering from severe depression or has a suicidal thought or action, please reach out and get them help. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting a mental health checkup. We don’t know if Robin Williams could have been saved if he or a loved one sought further mental help, and that is probably the saddest part of this whole situation.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling, you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

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