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Remembering the Robin Williams That You Didn't Know

Remembering the Robin Williams That You Didn't Know

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Reflections on the passing of Robin Williams have been mostly focused on the legendary actor's career and onstage persona, but there was much more to Robin than just the man that we knew (and loved) on screen. Robin's private life was full of ups and downs, including his dedication to philanthropy and his ongoing struggles with depression and addiction. Keep reading to learn more about Robin as we reflect on the life and times of a man who touched the lives of so many.

He Was a Family Man

Robin is survived by his three children — Zak, 31; Zelda, 25; and Cody, 22. Zelda shared a heartbreaking message to her dad after news of his passing broke, saying, "I love you. I'll miss you. I'll try to keep looking up." He also left behind a half-brother, McLaurin Smith-Williams. The two also had a brother, Todd, who died in 2007. According to McLaurin, the three of them got "along famously" and were very close. He was also an avid dog-lover and had a pug named Leonard, who pretty much dominated his Instagram feed.

He Was Extremely Charitable

Robin has long been an active philanthropist, raising money for Comic Relief, an organization that uses comedians to raise money for those in need; his friend Christopher Reeve's foundation, which focuses on improving the lives of those who were paralyzed; the LiveStrong foundation, which supports people with cancer; and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which focuses on research and support for children suffering from cancer. Comic Relief creator Bob Zmuda remembered Robin's dedication to helping the homeless, saying, "Robin came from a family with money — he was brought up with a silver spoon in his mouth, and I think he felt so blessed that he wanted to do something for people who weren't brought up like that."

He Hoped God Has a Sense of Humor

Finally, Robin shared during a 2001 appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio that he hoped there would be "laughter" in heaven. Watch what Robin had to say below.

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