CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN!

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There have been three great shocks for me recently, first the deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and then Rick Mayle and now the news of Robin Williams being discovered dead in his apartment, in an apparent suicide. No time to say anything glib here but to pause to praise such an extraordinary man and comic genius. From Mork and Mindy to Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, from Good Morning Vietnam to The Fisher King he brought some rare spark of genius and individuality to everything he did. Like Hoffman and many of such hi octane brilliance he suffered addictions and depressions but his life seems to me to have been the constant fight for the light and laughter. The man was a poet, a humanist, a fighter against prejudice, a life force and a phenomenon, so may spirits like his come again and again.

Robin Williams died on August 11 2014. He was 63.

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