Robin Williams, 1951 - 2014

Robin Williams was Mork from Ork. He was Popeye. He was Mrs. Doubtfire. He was Adrian Cronauer. He was John Keating. He was Armand Goldman. He was the Genie of the Lamp. He was Comic Relief. He was a San Francisco area resident and Macworld Expo attendee. His voice launched Apple's Your Verse campaign. Comedian, dramatist, activist, entertainer. He was Robin Williams. He passed away last night and he will be missed.

Williams' work spanned generations and touched innumerable lives. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, wrote the following:

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Apple has also set up a page on iTunes honoring Williams' work.

We'll be doing a special episode of ZEN & TECH later this week on dealing with depression. Because even in tragedy, there is the chance for hope.

Update: Apple has added a Remembering Robin Williams page to It reads:

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.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.