Comedian and actor Robim Williams was found dead today of an apparent suicide at his home in Marin county California. I understand he struggled for years with alcoholism and cocaine issues. And apparently had finiancial issues in recent years. But he touched the lives of millions with his wit, comedy, and unique way of seeing the world.
One of my favorite memories of him was at the memorial in Golden Gate Park in the early 90’s for legendary promoter Bill Graham. It was right after Mount Pinnatubo in the Phillipines had erupted, and playing on the reality of this Williams made some jokes about knowing Bill was up in Heaven directing “god” on the sunsets…(to paraphrase) “a little more fuschia over here, a little more orange here” …. “you know we are going to have spectacular sunsets for the next good while”.
Initial article at the SF paper here