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Robin Williams touched all: Koko the gorilla mourns loss of friend

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The so amazing Robin Williams is being mourned by all around the planet Earth even touching his friends in the animal world. As reported in the Aug. 13 NY Daily News story a recent The Gorilla Foundation press release stated how the news of William's death touched his gorilla friend, Koko. The gorilla, who is famed for her sign language abilities, became friends with Williams when he met her in 2001.

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Koko learned of Williams death from her doctor friends.

As reported in the press release, phone calls of the death of the great Williams came in to the foundation as Koko, Dr. Penny Patterson and Dr. Ron Cohn were together. Koko noticed how sad Dr. Patterson appeared after the first call and signed to the doctor why. Dr. Patterson told Koko "We have lost a dear friend, Robin Williams." Koko gave a thoughtful response. Eventually, after overhearing another of the many calls, and seeing the effect they were having on the doctors, she went to sit in a corner to mourn the loss of her friend with tears in her eyes as photos display.

Williams first met Koko in 2001 when they easily communicated to each other and had a great time together as seen in a video filmed during that visit. As the press release explains, the visit by Williams brought laughter back into Koko's life after she spent six sad months mourning the loss of Michael, her gorilla friend. In exchange Koko also brought much happiness to Williams. In 2003 Williams followed up that visit by filming a public service announcement on behalf of The Gorilla Foundation.

Koko has mourned loss on yet another occasion, crying when her kitten was tragically killed. Soon she happily received a new kitten to love and nurture. Unfortunately her friend, Robin Williams, the wonderful man and humanitarian cannot be ever replaced. Hopefully Koko, along with William's family, friends and the rest of society, will be able to move on never forgetting the man that brought laughter to the so many souls in this world. The world's inhabitants are far better off for knowing such an incredible talent.

Robin Williams was a one-of-a-kind gentleman that showed heart for all living members of society. From furry friends, children suffering from cancer, to his efforts in keeping his college chum Christopher Reeves spirits up after Reeves' tragic paralyzing accident, Williams working tirelessly in supporting others through his ability to make people laugh. Hopefully society will learn from William's death. One must look beyond a laughing facade and into the depths of another's soul who may be so full of hurt themselves that they need help to be saved.

Live life to its fullest and be sure to reach out to others when the laughter turns to tears. Never be afraid to dance!

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