Had he been alive, the actor would have turned 69 this year. May your soul rest in peace.
The saying "gone, but never forgotten" is actually true when it comes to the actor who charmed the world, Robin Williams. It's been six years since Williams bid farewell but memories of him are still afresh in the minds of those who love him. On Tuesday, the star who made the whole world smile would have turned 69. People took the opportunity to share some of their fondest memories of the actor to mark the occasion.
Today would’ve been Robin Williams 69th birthday. 69, that’s still so young. He still had so many great years ahead of him.— 𝒥𝑒𝓈𝓈𝒾 ❦ 𝒟𝒶𝓌𝓃 🧢🌺🍎 (@JessiD2121) July 21, 2020
The world lost him in 2014, & we still remember him and miss him to this day. He brought so much joy to so many people. Gone but never forgotten. pic.twitter.com/SFaPe99Q7d
In 2014, the world came to a standstill when they heard of his death. News of Robin Williams's suicide was as devastating as it was unbelievable. All people saw was the charming smile on his face, but people failed to notice there was no light in his eyes anymore.
No one knew that Williams was in a tough place, both professionally and personally. Towards the end of 2013, Williams' health began to decline. He couldn't eat, he couldn't sleep. He had a lot of bowel-related problems. In May 2014, he had been told that he had Parkinson’s disease. Shortly after, he began to experience tremors in his left arm. He also experienced symptoms of cogwheel rigidity, where the limb would inexplicably stop itself at certain fixed points in its range of motion. His voice had diminished, his posture was stooped, and at times, he simply seemed to freeze where he stood.
Happy Birthday Robin Williams, thank you for make my childhood. Thank you for the laughs and my favorite films. You would I have been 69 today, we miss you!!— sophia ornelas (@sophieornelass) July 21, 2020
The worst part of it all was the fact that he was misdiagnosed. It was only after his death that an autopsy revealed he actually had Lewy body dementia, an aggressive and incurable brain disorder with an associated risk of suicide.The comedian's widow, Susan Schneider Williams, has said her husband fought to hold back the effects of the disease. "People with LBD who are highly intelligent may appear to be okay for longer initially, but then, it is as though the dam suddenly breaks and they cannot hold it back anymore," she wrote, in a 2016 article for the medical journal Neurology, called The Terrorist Inside My Husband's Head. "In Robin's case, on top of being a genius, he was a Julliard-trained actor. I will never know the true depth of his suffering, nor just how hard he was fighting. But from where I stood, I saw the bravest man in the world playing the hardest role of his life."
Even though he's no longer with us, people still remember him through some of his most powerful quotes:
1. "There is still a lot to learn and there is always great stuff out there."
2. "You don’t know about real loss because it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself."
Happy Birthday to the late great Robin Williams. From Mork and Mindy to Night at the Museum his roles got me through a lot of hard times in my life. His charismatic laugh and eccentric personality will never be matched. He would have been 69 today. 💙 pic.twitter.com/0dDp0vr9n7— Cassbutt (@casspernatural) July 21, 2020
3. "You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe."
4. "You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it."
5. "You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to."
6. "I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.”
Trending because the world misses such an iconic legend. Would've been 69 today. Happy heavenly birthday to the greatest actor of my life. I'm glad I grew up watching the funniest man in the world. Mise you Robin Williams and rest in peace you legend. pic.twitter.com/Z4oWyAUgQN— 𝑪𝒉𝒍𝒐𝒆 (@SlaterBroadway) July 21, 2020
7. "Please, don’t worry so much… Because in the end none of us have very long on this earth."
8. "We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race."
Happy Birthday to #Wish Granter & the magnificent Robin Williams who would have turned 69 years old today! Mr. Williams helped grant a wish for our wish kid Nathan and personally invited him onto his private yacht! pic.twitter.com/fjwkvjkRES— Kids Wish Network (@kidswishnetwork) July 21, 2020
9. "I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself."
10. "I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy."
Happy Birthday to a true legend, Robin Williams would have been 69 today. Mental health is so important, don’t forget to check on your friends and family who struggle with mental health issues, especially during this time. #RobinWilliams #mentalhealth pic.twitter.com/t1TLuLfCSL— Skyler Joy (@SkylerJoy) July 21, 2020
11. “You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren't paying attention to.”
12. “I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone."
Happy Birthday to Robin Williams 🎂— Aydin at Pure Magic Vacations (@puremagicaydin) July 21, 2020
Born in Chicago on July 21, 1951, he would have turned 69 today.
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13. "If you're that depressed, reach out to someone. And remember, suicide is a permanent solution, to a temporary problem."
14. "Don't associate yourself with toxic people. It's better to be alone and love yourself than surrounded by people that make you hate yourself."
15. “You can do anything you want. You are bound by nothing.”
I think the hardest part of knowing Robin Williams would have been 69 today is you know he would have found that shit hilarious 😢 Happy Birthday to one of the greatest people ever ❤️— JBS Pops (@JBSPops) July 21, 2020