‘Words and ideas can change the world’ – a tribute to Robin Williams

Copyright: 20th Century Fox

Copyright: 20th Century Fox

Kerrie Nicholson mourns the loss of Robin Williams, and talks about depression.

Like so many… I was left deeply saddened to hear of the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams. I was literally lying in bed listening to ‘Flight to Neverland’ from the score of ‘Hook’ with tears in my eyes, which came to a head when I made the mistake of watching the final scene of ‘Mrs Doubtfire’: ‘all my love to you, poppet, you’re going to be alright’ always used to make me teary, but I know now I’ll full on break down. Initially, this reaction surprised me, in the sense that I was thinking ‘I never even met this man, why on earth am I so affected?’ Shortly after, I took to my Twitter and can honestly say I have never experienced such an intense mass public outpouring of heartbreak and loss like it. More noticeable than this though was the tremendous sense of respect, warmth and gratitude that abounded, which helped me answer my question: this man, through his tremendous acting, his comedy and his spirit touched and inspired so many lives, and that to me demonstrates the mark of a true artist. Many of his films were a staple of my childhood, and even now I’m still discovering and enjoying his work, and will proudly continue to do so. My thoughts go out to his family, friends and all of us who were inspired by him, and I thank him for sharing his gift with the world…

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