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The Greatly Missed Robin Williams Is Trending on Social Media

Inducted as a Disney Legend in 2009, the memory of the highly talented American actor and comedian Robin Williams is trending on social media.

On August 11, 2014, news rocked the entertainment industry as word spread of Robin Williams’ passing. Disney fans especially knew Robin Williams as the talented voice performer for the iconic Disney character, Genie, in Disney’s animated film Aladdin (1992), among numerous other roles.

Disney Genie in Aladdin
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According to reports, in May 2014, Williams was experiencing “severe memory, movement, personality, reasoning, sleep and mood changes.”

After Williams died by suicide in August 2014, his widow, Susan Schneider Williams, stated, “A few months before he passed, he was given a Parkinson’s (disease) diagnosis. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.”

Shortly after his death in October 2014, an autopsy of Williams’ brain revealed Williams did not have Parkinson’s but rather had a disease called Lewy body dementia.

Robin Williams in Flubber
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The Walt Disney Company noted that Williams was “An engaging, bright, and inventive actor.”

Robin Williams played roles in series and films such as Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, King of Thieves, Flubber, Bicentennial ManMoscow on the Hudson, Good Will HuntingMrs. Doubtfire, Back to Neverland, Jack, and Old Dogs.

Disney's Jack with Robin Williams
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It has been 25 years after the release of Good Will Hunting on December 5, 1997, the film in which Williams’ role as psychologist Sean Maguire earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Now, with the anniversary of the film, the greatly missed Robin Williams is trending on social media.

Fans are sharing memorable clips of the star. Several clips from the Good Will Hunting scene with Robin Williams (Sean Maguire) and Matt Damon (Will Hunting) are surfacing:

Another clip trending of Robin Williams and Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting:

But not only are Good Will Hunting clips trending, but Williams’ stand-up comedian acts, such as this clip with Robin Williams describing the invention of golf:

Additionally, fans remember Robin Williams’ generosity:

Among the humor and generosity, the popular Robin Williams quote is surfacing, where he stated, “People don’t fake depression, they fake being okay.”

It has been over 8 years since the world lost Robin Williams.

Since his death, his widow, Schneider Williams, has become an advocate for Lewy body dementia (LBD) awareness and research.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.