“I had the honor of meeting Robin Williams in Afghanistan,” US Army veteran David Weissman tweeted to his 167,400 followers. ” It was [a] a great supporter of the soldiers. #HappyBirthdayRobinWilliams. ”
“Robin Williams felt immortal in a way that was hard to articulate, but we didn’t know that until we lost him,” writer Charlotte Clymer tweeted to her 315,500 followers. “And like many, for years afterwards, I would forget that he died and I would be shocked when I remembered him. No other person’s death felt that way to me. ”
Born July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Williams committed suicide at his home north of San Francisco on August 11, 2014 – not yet a month after turning 63. His sudden death sent shock waves across the world, and without suicide note, has left many wondering what really happened.
Reports attributed severe depression and Parkinson’s disease – but it turned out that Williams had developed Lewy body dementia, a diagnosis made only at his autopsy. The second most common progressive dementia, after Alzheimer’s disease, incurable brain disease begins with memory problems and worsens with personality changes, psychiatric symptoms – including psychosis – and death.
This led some fans to tweet Williams’ quote: “Everyone you meet is having a battle you don’t know a thing about. Be kind. Always. ”
Williams, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1998 for “Good Will Hunting,” also had Golden Globes and Emmy Awards to his name. He totaled 65 wins and 85 nominations, which also included Grammy, Kids’ Choice and Peabody awards.
Beyond memories and accomplishments, people have also tweeted about Williams’ sense of style – including a photo of him wearing a flame-print shirt with matching shoes.
But one user, named Randy Bish, made it more personal.
“Today Robin Williams and I share a birthday,” he tweeted. “The world could certainly use his humor today.”