Apple.com pays tribute to Robin Williams

By , Aug 12, 2014

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Following the tragic death of Robin Williams, Apple has paid tribute to the actor and comedian with a new ‘Remembering Robin Williams’ webpage on Apple.com, in addition to a similar section on iTunes published earlier today.

Moreover, Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday published a tweet expressing grief and sorrow caused by Robin’s passing.

“Heartbroken by the news of Robin Williams’ passing,” Tim’s tweet reads. “He was an incomparable talent and a great human being. Rest in peace.” The company is also honoring the Oscar-winning actor with a special iTunes Store section featuring more than forty movies and stand up comedy routines.

Williams died yesterday at the age of 63. The actor was found unresponsive at his residence in Marin County, California, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement that Williams died of asphyxiation caused by hanging himself…

The ‘Remembering Robin Williams’ webpage features a black and white photo of the actor, followed by the year of his birth and death and the following line:

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. He inspired us through his passion, his generosity, and the gift of laughter. He will be greatly missed.

And here’s Tim’s tweet I mentioned earlier:

Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, tweeted this:

Cook also tweeted out a link to the tribute page an hour ago.

A new ‘Remembering Robin Williams’ section is now live on  the iTunes Store containing 40+ of the actor’s popular movies and stand up comedy routines organized into sections like “Essentials,” “Comedy” and “Drama”.

The featured movies include box office hits such as “Dead Poets Society”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Jumanji”, “The Birdcage”, “Good Morning, Vietnam” and others. It’s fitting that Williams provided voiceover for Apple’s ‘Your Verse’ iPad advertisement series.

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The blurb on iTunes reads:

One of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business, Robin Williams brought laughter and inspiration to millions. Throughout a career that spanned five decades, Williams evolved from stand up comedian to international movie star. Among the great masters of improv, he transfixed audiences with a mile-a-minute comic energy.

Williams’ Golden Globe-winning turn in Good Morning, Vietnam demonstrated that his versatile acting talents were equally suited to evoking dramatic complexity. Many of Williams’ most iconic performances–in Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and his Oscar-winning triumph Good Will Hunting–were dazzling high-wire acts that left audiences in tears of laughter one minute and tears of poignancy the next.

The iTunes Store section reminds us that Williams participated in the Comic Relief USA charity which has managed to raise more than $50 million for homeless assistance.

I’m moved by Apple’s gesture and am glad the company has decided to pay tribute to one of the greatest creatives Hollywood has ever had.

Previously, the Apple homepage commemorated the passing of Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as of its own executives including board member Jerry York and co-founder Steve Jobs.

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  • Soylent Green

    If he had spent more time enjoying his wealth & success, maybe spread some wealth, instead of wallowing in lala land bleating about being “depressed” over a faltering career he would still be alive. I recognise he inspired comedians and acheived good things but to kill yourself when you have faux depression is the ultimate act of selfishnish & a perfect illustration of the plastique fantastique fake bs that these people faux suffer from.
    “ONE OFF” lol

    • hhumbert

      Dude, you don’t know what depression is. You seem to equate having money and success to being invulnerable to depression.

      To call it a faux depression *after* Robin Williams killed himself is clearly a swing and a very big miss. Nothing “faux” about it.

      • Soylent Green

        Yes & 2+2 = 5, raising the debt ceiling does not increase the debt & the US never armed & rebranded al-queada as ‘isis’ to keep certain regions unstable.
        La La La

      • Kr00

        You are a disgusting excuse for a human being. If you can’t say anything nice, just say nothing at all. If you had even half an understanding of what depression does, you’d be ashamed of your comments.

      • Tony

        I see these similar comments on a lot of boards as of late. I’ll say the same thing I’ve been posting to others. I don’t know you because we haven’t met in person. And even in a split second you cannot know how someone feels about life. Hollywood isn’t real, it’s entertainment. Comics will tell you as will most musicians that they are known for their craft. If they turn off being funny or suddenly shut down and don’t want to write a new album people don’t understand why. It’s because that’s their job and it truly isn’t who they are. Yes they are role models, like it or not they have to be because they are in the public eye. Depression is a real thing, it can do horrible things to not just an individual but friends, families and even those who never knew the person. It doesn’t matter if you believe in the bible, modern medicine or godzilla, no one can truly understand how a person feels. That’s a human condition that simply cannot and will never be replicated. They can try with technology and AI but it will never make the mistakes, sacrifices, share joy and pain as humans do. Robin gave a lot of joy, pain and sacrifices to those who personally knew him and those like myself who knew him just for his work.. not the man behind it. He will be missed not just for his talent but as a father, a husband and a human being.

      • 空白

        Step away from the TV my child. The illuminati might get you.

    • Hyr3m

      Creative people are often really smart (not “nuclear physics”-smart but they have a form of brilliance). With intelligence comes mindfulness, awareness and with artistic professions comes too much free time. When you have a lot of free time to think about this world we live in there is a lot to be depressed about and it is very difficult to “keep faith in mankind” when you’re surrounded by, or witness the deeds of, bad people.
      I’m not even talking about how the entertainment industry is riddled with “evil” and how you have to sell out to succeed even if you come into the business with a naive kindness and a good heart. It’s even more obvious in the music industry than in the 7th art. If it is your passion you will be willing to make sacrifices for it… When you realize the scale of the repercussions of these sacrifices it’s generally too late and you just keep going even if that makes you suffer. Sometimes people find the will to fight back and ultimately die, sometimes they take it out on themselves… Michael Jackson is a good example of the former while Heath Ledger is one for the latter.
      By the way, it’s not even sure he killed himself and regardless of whether he did do the deed or not, I would say that like most other prominent figures leaving this world from within the spotlight too early, the industry and this world killed him.
      Some of these “plastique fantastique fake bs”-people I wouldn’t mind seeing go, even if I am already sad for their corrupt souls, but I really feel for the rest of them as it is very easy to see their pain (assuming they are smart enough to see what is wrong with what surrounds them). Do not let yourself be blinded by your jealousy for their wealth because however ironic this may sound, this wealth quite often makes it more difficult to be at peace on a spiritual level; materialism very easily impedes spiritualism.
      Also, please show at least a bit of respect for the dead. You would want your “haters” to do the same when it is your time to go, and one day it will be.

      • Soylent Green

        Im dont care about his wealth really i just mentioned it because surely he could have extended his life & allieviated his depression by using his wealth to do activities that made him happier, for sure lala land and what you have to become and bear witness too in order to survive killed him, but to me it is the homeless hungry pennyless person that have real rwadon to be depressed, after all, this guy had made multi millions of dollars and with respect could have got out of hollywood a long time ago, ive spoken to people close to this situation and they say alot of these big celebs gtfo of lala land in order to maintain a healthy mind whilst embroiled with movie moguls, its all rather sad tbh.

      • 空白

        Have you ever been homeless? It’s so American of you to be able to speak your mind regardless of anything.

      • mav3rick

        Very well worded, like from an insider. They just get killed
        by being chosen to not be ignorant.

      • Hyr3m

        Don’t worry about me, I’m not an insider… yet :D

    • Dan

      When you’re depressed, you do not make rational decisions. Yes he could of gotten help, but most likely he felt felt overwhelmed. It may seem ‘faux’ to us, but we are not depressed.

      Also, you can’t put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Have some compassion or shut up.

  • Antzboogie

    I respect it.

  • toortoor

    “The blurb on iTunes reads:
    blablabla,
    now after reading this if you feel emotional or nostalgic enough, take a look below, spend a few bucks to feel better (we will feel better together with you ;) )”

    • Soylent Green

      Profiteering like this from death is pure wrong, but you need to be kept de-sensitised whilst the gov are militarising every police outfit from east to west, dhs buying all the ammo, are you awake yet?

    • disqusted

      I have to agree here. I almost felt like this was used as a springboard to sell Robin Williams content, which is disrespectful. Though, Apple is far from the first company to ever profit or attempt to profit from tragedy or similar things that should not be monetized upon. I think a true motion of respect would have been to donate profit from the sales of his films/works to one of his favorite charities. It’s not like Apple can’t afford to do that, and it would give me much more respect for any “gesture of tribute”. Though, they know that just bc of what happened, sales especially of this material will blow up temporarily. Do we enjoy the sales spike to add to our bottom line or do we selflessly sacrifice the sales boost to better the world? … Or you could even go halfway and donate a percentage which would benefit both, rather than be pure profiteering.

  • Mark Babatunde

    RIP Robin Williams. Your comedic genius and brilliant acting skills will surely be missed. The Your Verse Ads by Apple are a great homage to this man (even though that was not their intentions).

  • Al Fresco

    I met him once while working at a sneaker shop in Toronto in 2009. I was star struck, but held my composure. I introduced myself and told him I was a big fan. He gave me a cold response and quickly left the store. I always thought maybe he was a bit of an asshole after that, but now with his passing I understand that he’d been fighting depression for a long time.

    • disqusted

      I’m just curious, what kind of response was it in more detail to make it cold? Just purely wondering. I suppose you have to also take into account that your approach he has likely gotten dozens of times every day if his life everywhere he went for the past 30+ years. I could even imagine myself, not ever having been in those shoes that it would be difficult to keep up an enthusiastic air. You know? Like even the things in life that we once appreciated greatly become so mundane and even bothersome as strange as that is because we become so desensitized to them. If you factor in the realization like you just have to recall that these people are also human beings and have things happening in their own private (or not so private) lives that we don’t always know that. Maybe you’re right, maybe he was having a bad day. I would be more offended if he didn’t even bother to respond/ignored you. If he just kind of gave a quick seemingly dismissive “thank you”— I think also that your and everyone else’s excitement or being starstruck also amplifies your own reaction to how the person receives you. If you feel disappointed or like they weren’t as excited as you were to meet you, we often take it as rejection and rudeness because it hurts us a little bit (admit it or not) it’s almost like being rejected by someone we have a crush on in a very different level- but it’s still the same emotional situation- someone we see as special or we are enamored or impressed by, when they are dismissive of us and don’t seem to care as much about us as we do about them it’s a bit or an ego and personal hit that we can’t help but take personally (even when it’s not personal at all). I think your reaction and feeling at the time was a normal psychological one, and I also think your re-evaluation of your opinion of him under new light is respectable and shows maturity.