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Robin Williams dead: Country music artists say goodbye

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On Monday evening, the world received the sad news that comedian and actor Robin Williams had died. Even more sad are reports that his death is suspected to have been a suicide. Country music artists such as Brad Paisley, Kix Brooks, Lucy Hale, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Chase Rice, Brett Elderedge and more all lit up Twitter with memories and tributes to Robin Williams.

CNN reported on Tuesday that Robin Williams was battling depression at the time of his death and that an autopsy is scheduled to confirm that his death was indeed, a suicide. Even with the the initial reports, fans–including country music stars–are deeply saddened. It’s even more difficult to cope with death knowing that a man who made millions laugh was not, in his own private moments, happy.

Robin Williams brought joy to many for the first time when he so brilliantly played the role of Mork from Ork on the sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” but he went on to star in film after film that touched a place in fans’ hearts. While Robin Williams’ roles could bring a wide range of emotions, he was most famous for making people laugh. His bubbly, zany personality brought joy to many.

Some of films in his legacy include “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Patch Adams,” Disney’s “Aladdin,” “Hook,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Jumanji,” “Nine Months,” and “Night at the Museum” among many others.

Evidence of his legacy of laughter was seen throughout Twitter, but country music artists had this to say:

David Nail ?@davidnail

Good Will Hunting is my absolute favorite movie of all time! Just a really sad day...

Maddie & Tae ?@MaddieandTae

Thinking of Robin Williams's family during this sad time. His beautiful talent brought so much laughter to the world. #RIPRobinWilliams

LeAnn Rimes Cibrian ?@leannrimes

"But if there's love, dear... those are the ties that bind, and you'll have a family in your heart, forever." Mrs. Doubtfire #RobinWilliams

Martina McBride ?@martinamcbride

Like the rest of the world I am saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He gave us so much laughter and brilliance that will live forever

Kix Brooks ?@KixBrooks

RIP - @robinwilliams- my heart will always wear a smile you put there- I wish I could have done the same for you- blessed to have known you-

Katie Armiger ?@katiearmiger (with photo)

He was truly one of the Greats, and will be dearly missed.

Rascal Flatts ?@rascalflatts

We are completely awestruck by the death of @robinwilliams. He was a great man, comedian & a joy to be around. He will be truly missed.

Sara Evans ?@saraevansmusic

I'm SO sad to hear of Robin Williams' death. Praying for his family. http://instagram.com/p/rk3xWqjLhi/

Sheryl Crow ?@SherylCrow

I am so sad to hear about Robin Williams. I only knew him and his family a little, but I know he was well loved and will be missed. RIP.

Taylor Swift ?@taylorswift13

Heartbroken for Robin Williams and his family.

Maggie Rose ?@IAmMaggieRose

Sad about Robin Williams passing. He brought us so many laughs and was a huge supporter of @StJude. He'll be missed. #MrsDoubtfireForever

Chase Rice ?@ChaseRiceMusic

Rest in peace @robinwilliams. Patch Adams and Mrs. Doubtfire will forever be two of my favorite movies.

Lucy Hale ?@lucyhale

The world is a lot less funny today. Prayers with Robins loved ones. RIP.

Kelly Clarkson ?@kelly_clarkson

Devastating finding out about @robinwilliams today. He was an amazing talent and incredibly sweet. So sad.

Grand Ole Opry ?@opry

Saddened to hear about Robin Williams. His work made us all laugh until we cried. Prayers with his family. #RIPRobinWilliams

The Band Perry ?@thebandperry

"Oh Captain, my Captain..." Forever in our hearts. #RIPRobinWilliams #YoullBeMissed -k/r/n

thompson square ?@thompsonsquare

So sad to hear about @robinwilliams. What an amazing talent. #riprobinwilliams

John Rich ?@johnrich

So sad to hear #Robinwilliams has passed away. Apparent suicide. One of the most brilliant comics of all time. #rip #mork

Brad Paisley ?@BradPaisley

Devastated right now. Loved you Robin

Chuck Wicks ?@chuckwicksmusic

Man... Robin Williams. RIP.

Brett Eldredge ?@bretteldredge

Wow, I love Robin Williams, god bless that fella, he will be missed, BIG time!

CMT ?@CMT

We are very sad to hear about Robin Williams. The world has lost a wonderful, hilarious man. #RIP

As #RobinWilliams is sadly, but deservedly a trending hashtag on Twitter today, there are countless sweet memories and prayers for the family being offered up. Perhaps, however, a tweet by John Rich of Big & Rich, is a good reminder for everyone.

John Rich posted a picture from Boston Public Park where Good Will Hunting was filmed. On concrete, the following words are written in chalk:

“Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

The death of man who gave so much to the world around him is indeed a good reminder that nothing lasts forever. Days are numbered and all would be wise to seize the day and make it extraordinary.

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