The entertainment industry took a major loss when world renowned comedian Robin Williams passed away to suicide back in 2014. The Academy Award winning actor was well known for his many iconic roles in TV and film, spanning from the 1980s to 2010s.
Among his most popular roles include Mrs. Doubtfire in the 1993 movie of the same name, Sean in the 1997 movie Good Will Hunting, and Adrian Cronauer in 1987’s Good Morning, Vietnam. He also appeared in films such as Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), RV (2006), Patch Adams (1998), and of course, Flubber (1997).
As you’d imagine, Williams had many famous friends in the entertainment industry, including Scottish legend Billy Connolly. Both stars began their standup comedy careers in the 1970s, and they shared a close friendship.
Of course, Connolly was one of many celebrities to be devastated by Williams’ death, and he even once recalled the last conversation he had with the late and great star.
After Williams’ passing, Billy Connolly opened up on seeing the comedian a few days before he took his own life. As reported by NZ Herald, the actor recalled sending Williams an email, to which Williams asked if they could meet for dinner.
I emailed him and said, ‘I saw you on the show and you were great,’ because I’d seen him in a newspaper saying he wasn’t sure about it. I got an email back saying, ‘Glad you liked the show – I’m in LA too, can we meet for dinner?’ He look very thin and kind of haggard about the face [when they had dinner]. I said, ‘Are you looking after yourself?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’ve just lost a bit of weight recently.’ I’d read that he’d been drinking – some journalist had said it – and I said, ‘I hear you’re back on the sauce.’ He said, ‘Ah, it’s nothing, I just gave it a bash, never mind.’ Before we left, Robin said, ‘I love you, you know that, don’t you?’ I said, ‘Of course I know that.’ He said, ‘Are you sure you know it?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, it’s good.’ That was the last I said to him. Two days later he was dead.
Williams’ passing came as a major surprise to many. The actor is survived by three kids: Zelda Willams, Cody Alan Williams, and Zachary Pym Williams. This past July, Zelda celebrated her dad’s 69th birthday by making donations to various homeless shelters.
She took to Twitter at the time to share the initiative, asking others to also make donations to homeless shelters in honor of the late star. Zelda thanked her followers by writing:
I cannot express to you how deeply this would’ve touched Dad. He loved the homeless, spent much of his life trying to help them, to uplift them, to have them be treated with dignity instead of disdain. Thank you for doing so in his name. Thank you, for keeping his kindness alive.
Robin Williams was truly a shining light in this world, and we’re hopeful that his legacy continues to live on as he’s remembered by generations to come. We also hope Billy Connolly keeps his good memories with the late star close to his heart.