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Your Week in Pop Culture: A tribute to Robin Williams

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Actor/comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday. He was 63 years old. (Source: MGN) Actor/comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday. He was 63 years old. (Source: MGN)

(RNN) – On Monday, genius actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California home at the age of 63.

Since his passing, the world has celebrated his career of nearly four decades on television, in film and in comedy.

This will be a massive tribute to Williams, and as many throughout pop culture have in the last several days, we celebrate the life he lived and the laughter that he leaves behind. Enjoy!

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The many tributes to Williams 

Conan O'Brien heard the news of Williams' death during the Monday taping of his TBS talk show, and announced it to his audience briefly. On Tuesday, O'Brien and sidekick Andy Richter discussed Williams' influence as the host called him “the best talk show guest ever.”

Jimmy Fallon paid homage to Williams, a person he can impersonate wonderfully, in the most Jimmy Fallon way possible on The Tonight Show on Tuesday.

Late Night host Seth Meyers also paid tribute, touching on how Williams' films hit pivotal points in his life growing up, simply saying “thank you to Robin Williams.”

Other tributes have criss-crossed the internet, with every pop culture blog and entertainment website remembering him.

The lights on Broadway were dimmed on Wednesday night in his honor. Aladdin, which is currently playing on Broadway, paid homage to the original Genie on Tuesday night when James Monroe Iglehart, who is currently playing Genie, led a sing-a-long to Friend Like Me.

The Tony Award-winning performer said that while he had never met Williams, his career inspired him to get into performing and guided him to his current role.

"Although I never got to meet him in person, Robin Williams has influenced my life greatly,” Iglehart said in a statement to Broadway World. “His performance as the Genie, of course, and his entire career as a great performer and actor. I'm extremely saddened by his passing but first and foremost my heart, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Williams family. They have lost a husband and father. We as fans have lost one of the greatest entertainers ever."

Even the Twitter trend #MyCaptain recognized the scene from Dead Poets Society where the students stand up for their teacher, played by Williams, as he is fired from the boarding school.

More tributes: See a moving Robin Williams salute at ‘Good Will Hunting' benchEntertainment Weekly

We hope Robin Williams with be on streaming services forever 

After doing some research of my own Tuesday morning, no, Dead Poets Society is not on Netflix. Neither is Aladdin. I know, I'm sad about it, too.

But, Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of Robin Williams performances that are streaming on Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime. We also hope that more will be added to these services in the future, like his many genius stand-up performances and movies.

The best of Robin Williams in film 

There are a lot of clips all over YouTube of his amazing career, but the good folks at Fandango Movie Clips Trailers have compiled some of his best in this tight little package.

And like so many millennials out there, I can't get Friend Like Me out of my head. Where is my Aladdin VHS tape? I wonder if my mom still has it.

And how much fun would it be to see Williams actually recording this song? If someone has that footage, email it to me, please.

William's daughter remembers father warmly

Williams had three children, and his daughter, actress Zelda Williams, paid a lovely tribute to her father on social media.

In her initial tweet, she wrote:

But the internet trolls gave her a hard time and began cyberbullying her, and she fired back at them, according to the AV Club.

We will ignore the haters who fill the internet and give you this adorable father/daughter moment posted by Game News Official on their YouTube page in 2011.

In the video, Williams said his love for the Zelda video games in the ‘80s was the genesis of his daughter's name – not the wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. And now you know. Want to find out more things you might not have known about Williams? Time compiled a list of facts that might blow your mind. 

More: Robin Williams' family remembers the 'Gentle, loving' actor - Time

Suicide prevention and help with depression 

As it has been reported, Williams was battling severe depression and died after he hanged himself

In a statement on Thursday, Williams's wife, Susan Schneider, said that her husband was sober and was also suffering from anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's disease. He was not ready to come out publicly with his diagnosis.

"It is our hope, in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid," Schneider said.

If you or someone you know is battling with depression, don't let the opinions of others shame you into hiding. Call A Place of Hope's depression hotline at 1-888-771-5166 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

More: Robin Williams's death: A reminder that suicide and depression are not selfish - The Guardian 

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  • What is your favorite Robin Williams movie?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Dead Poets Society
    5%
    561 votes
    Jumanji
    6%
    569 votes
    Good Morning Vietnam
    14%
    1359 votes
    Aladdin
    5%
    460 votes
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    46%
    4509 votes
    Patch Adams
    10%
    967 votes
    Good Will Hunting
    6%
    574 votes
    Hook
    5%
    446 votes
    Awakenings
    2%
    217 votes
    The Fisher King
    1%
    137 votes
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