My old improv buddy has died. RIP Robin Williams.

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I won't be able to do him justice. I'm in tears. Robin Williams, someone I highly respected, adored, and worked with has died at an all-too-young 63. I'm heartsick.

I met Robin pre-fame. In fact, he used to wear a pin that said "Nearly Famous." That was about a year or so after we met, just as he was about to star in his first TV series, "Mork and Mindy." After that, his career took off.

We worked together in an improvisation comedy group called "Off the Wall," and whenever I was on stage with him, I was (happily) a mere prop. The man was a genius. A genius with a heart of gold. A generous, sweet soul who never said a bad word about anyone, and treated everyone as equals. But nobody was his equal.

This news is horrible. I'd read that he was back in rehab, but I never expected this. Nobody did.

One of my favorite memories was attending a mutual friend's Passover seder, and he was seated next to me. He was so respectful, very quiet,  but everyone was waiting for him to go into one of his brilliant riffs... which he did, finally, after someone else cracked a joke, which was tacit permission for him to blast off. He was hilarious.

And again, he was kind. That's what really mattered.

I haven't seen him for years. He became so famous that when I went backstage to see him at a concert, he was literally whisked away from me by his entourage after a big hug and few seconds of conversation. He apologized as he was dragged off.

He used to honk my boobies, making a typically Robin honking sound. His nickname for me was "Sweet Thing."

I could go on forever about him, tell you wonderful stories, but for now, let this suffice.

RIP, dear sweet Robin. We'll miss you so much.

Via Business Insider: 

The cause of death is thought to be suicide by asphyxiation.

Here's the release from the Marin County Sheriff's Office:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA. [...] A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

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