Knowing how Sport can bring us together, this really touched my heart, I have been involved in Football in Scotland since I was 8 years old, I am 41 now. I played, coached then managed, now I am just a fan and I understand the connection. The ‘San Francisco Giants Family’ certainly showed Sport is more than just a game, it is a religion in a way to many, a church of Sport a friend from the USA told me, she was right. Sport brings people together. I thought this was just ‘WOW’ We all miss Robin, but his kids, his partner and all his friends must be hurting badly. I have never met the man and I feel sad. He and Scottish Comedian and Actor Billy Connolly were best friends. The last person Robin spoke to was Billy, who also has Parkinson’s disease, Robin and Billy would talk to each other and make fun of it. They would say on the phone “Who are you” 😀 And this was the measure of the man, Robin Williams, ‘Rest In Peace’
Robin Williams’ son Zak has paid tribute to his father by throwing the ceremonial first pitch at the start of a World Series baseball game in San Francisco. The late actor’s smiling face, in a variety of his best-loved characters, adorned the big screen at AT&T Park before the San Francisco Giants took on the Kansas City Royals. Zak, the oldest son of the Academy Award winner and comedian, launched the ball at Billy Crystal in front of the thousands in the crowd. He was joined by his siblings Zelda and Cody who all wore jerseys with Williams on the back.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TRIBUTE WAS SOMETHING!
Zak raised both arms into the air before embracing Crystal when he caught the ball. Williams and Crystal were great friends and the pair starred together in the 1997 film Father’s Day. “We are honoured to be here in tribute to our father, someone who loved his hometown and especially the Giants,” Zak, Zelda and Cody said in a statement. “For all of us, it is a tremendous delight and a little surreal to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of a World Series game for our team to our dad’s best friend.” Williams committed suicide at his San Francisco home on 12 August. He had been suffering from depression after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease before his death, his widow has said. Susan Schneider said the actor “was not yet ready to share publicly” his struggles with the degenerative disease as he also fought depression. She also said the 63-year-old Oscar-winner, who openly dealt with alcoholism and drug addiction during his career, was sober when he died.
“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” Ms Schneider said. She added that Williams’ family hoped others would use his tragic death to seek help “to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid”.
Williams was found hanged in the bedroom of his northern California home on Monday. He was last seen alive by his wife at about 10.30pm the previous evening before she went to bed. Ms Schneider did not provide details on when Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, an incurable nervous system disorder that affects movement. The disease progresses gradually, often beginning with a slight tremor in one hand. Williams had long been a supporter of the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research , founded by the fellow film and television star who has famously confronted the disorder. The foundation has raised more than $450m (£270m) since it was established in 2000.
Fox was among the countless stars who paid tribute to Williams after his death, writing on Twitter: “Famously kind, ferociously funny, a genius and a gentle soul. What a loss.” It is not immediately clear if anyone outside Williams’ immediate family knew he had the disease. The star of hit movies including Good Will Hunting, Good Morning, Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire had recently grappled with severe depression, according to friends and family. He checked himself back into rehab last month to “fine-tune” his sobriety, his publicist said.
Williams’ death sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, and fans, including Hollywood’s elite and politicians, paid tribute to the popular comedian. His widow said: “Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. “His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.”