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Today we lost somebody who was an absolute hero to me, and many others. From his hilarious stand up to his titular dramatic roles, Robin Williams was a brilliant man.

I remember as a child watching Hook every time it was on TV (usually around Christmas), and also loved Flubber, Mrs Doubtfire, Jack and Jumanji. Not to forget his brilliant performances in both Good Will Hunting and Good Morning Vietnam.

The death of an idol is always an upsetting feeling – but particularly when you discover the means behind it. Robin Williams appeared happy, hilarious and charming in interviews. His impressions would make me chuckle, and I fully expected him to be around for a long time. But, behind closed doors we just cannot predict what people are feeling – that vast spectrum of emotions – and how quickly they can shift.

Depression has taken another wonderful person – it happens all the time, all over the world and it causes so much pain and heartbreak.

Despite the sadness I feel, I know it pales in comparison to the pain his family and friends must be feeling. His wife has urged fans to be happy and celebrate the life that Robin had, and I know we will – but it still has left a heavy cloud over today.

Rest In Peace Robin – you were the funniest actor I’ve ever known. Thank you for the genuine joy your performances have brought me.

“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

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