Today the sad news broke that Actor and Comedian, Robin Williams passed away. Though the cause of death has not yet been confirmed, The Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division released a statement saying that

“...the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made.”

Whatever the circumstances of his death, it is evident that this has come as a shock to the Hollywood community and the world. I only knew the Robin Williams I saw on screen but what I saw was an intelligent, funny, quick-witted character full of zest and spark. In his stand up work and during interviews he exuded a frenetic energy when he spoke. As an actor, his mere presence commanded the screen. I can’t even begin to understand the sadness and grief felt by those who knew Robin Williams but we at the Dancing In My Heels team are among the legions of fans who will be mourning the loss of this true entertainer. Today we want to say: Mr Williams, thanks for the laughs, thanks for the memories.

Here is how we'll remember you.

As the comedic genius that made us laugh until we cried.

As the unrelenting entertainer, impersonator, improvisor; always armed with a story to bestow.

As the loveable and inquisitive alien, Mork. Nanoo nanoo!

As Garp - the man who saw the world through a different lens.

As the radio announcer who once bellowed that now famous line...."Goooood Morning Vietnam!"

As the inspirational John Keating in Dead Poets Society.

As the unwavering Doctor Malcolm Sayer who reminded us of the resilience of the human spirit in Awakenings.

As the boy who grew old but found his way back in Hook.

As the crafty Mrs Doubtfire.

As the man trapped in the boardgame that is Jumanji.

As counselor and confidant in Good Will Hunting.

As the rascal father in the The Crazy Ones.

In the words of Michael Parkinson; "He is one of the great names of modern comedy, much imitated, rarely equaled, and never surpassed..." Goodbye Mr Williams. Thanks for contributing a verse.

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