Robin Williams’ death had a strong impact on his fans, with many Twitter users remembering the legendary actor for his iconic roles in their favorite comedies. The social media site ignited on Monday after his tragic passing, with the comedian’s name quickly becoming one of the hottest topics.
The shocking news of his death drew millions to the 140-character social media site, according to data from Brandwatch. All of his top comedic movies, like “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Flubber” and “Patch Adams,” were popular topics of discussion. Twitterati also trended “Peter Pan,” the character Williams played in the 1991 film “Hook.”
Williams’ ability to make people laugh went much deeper; for some, the actor became a part of their youth. Netizens used the term “part of our childhood,” more than 106,000 times. A cluster of all the top mentions surrounding the actor has been posted below, courtesy of Brandwatch.
Mara Wilson, who played Williams’ onscreen daughter Natalie in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” grieved for the actor on Twitter. “Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this through Twitter,” she wrote on Monday. “Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.”
The star’s actual daughter, Zelda Williams, also issued a statement where she said she would take a break from the site after Twitter trolls, ranging from attention-seekers to members of the Islamic State group, made insensitive remarks about her father’s passing.
“I'm sorry. I should've risen above,” she wrote. “Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”
Zelda additionally said she would remove herself from Instagram, and give herself some time to heal before she decided if she would delete the account. “In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends,” she asked the public, according to Us Weekly.
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