Tragic news is made all the worse when it's totally unexpected. Every media outlet, be it network or social, has been ignited with the devastating revelation of actor/comedian Robin Williams' death today, at the age of 63. Clearly, no one saw this coming.
Every Google result and nine of the ten trends on Twitter either are, or have to do with Robin Williams. It's as if the entire free world has pulled over to share their thoughts on this incredible artist of a man:
Steve Martin, in a rare, understandable, serious moment writes, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
Eric Idle, of Monty Python mega-fame posted: "I can't believe my lovely friend is gone. My heart goes out to his wife and his beloved children. He brought us so much joy and laughter."
Oh, Robin Williams would command all ten Twitter trends, but Burger King chose this unfortunate time to promote the similarly unfortunate return of their chicken fries. I think Mr. Williams could appreciate such lunacy.
Henry Winkler who appeared with Williams in an immensely entertaining Mork & Mindy/Happy Days crossover episode, reflects "Robin Williams was like no other ..To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold.. Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE"
Robin's account, before being removed just now (that was quick), follows Bill Clinton on Twitter, though the former president has yet to comment. He keeps himself busy.
Current president Barack Obama, however, has a splashing public statement out, that CNN couldn't post quickly enough. Between vacation plans and significant parts of the world boiling with turmoil, it's nice he took the time.
In other news, Steven Seagal is still alive, and performing benefit concerts for Vladimir Putin. Something's not right with the Universe.