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He was always Mork to me

Robin Williams and Pam Dawber in Mork & Mindy (1978)

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When every day’s news is filled with reports of murders or war atrocities, I never understand why I should be uniquely saddened when a famous person passes away. It sounds heartless, but I find that their absence doesn’t affect my life in any significant way. That’s why I’m usually left confused by the rituals of communal grief that consume television and social media in the wake of a celebrity’s passing.
But then Robin Williams took his own life, and I felt it far more deeply than I had any right to.
I wasn’t alone ...


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