Robin Williams posthumously brought smiles across the Internet today — the day he would have celebrated his 71st birthday.
The universally beloved comedian tragically committed suicide on August 11, 2014. He died in Paradise Cay, about two hours north of San Francisco, at age 63. But judging by Twitter’s activity Thursday, Robin Williams is still impacting the lives of people young and old.
Thousands of tribute posts appeared over the course of the day. Twitter users recalled their favorite scenes and clips featuring Robin Williams.
“The brilliant, hilarious, captivating comedian, impressionist & actor Robin Williams (B-Day) would be 71 today,” @dvesean said. “Robin heartbreakingly took his own life Aug 2014. We still LOVE watching his amazing stand-up routines & movies whenever we’re flipping thru channels.”
Fans took to social media to celebrate the actor.
“Happy birthday to our childhood icon robin williams,” @VERONAFILMS wrote. “He would’ve been 71 years old. May he continue to rest easy. <3”
Another Twitter user, @lakershubie, summed up the comedian’s career in the below tweet.
“Now Robin Williams. 5-7 170 out of Juilliard. Explosive stand-up comedian,” the tweet read. “Literally bouncing around the stage tossing jokes in a blur. Versatility with the lightning quick transitions and voices. As a film actor: rangy, making you laugh and cry. As a human being, you miss him.”
Meanwhile, @mhizterfidel chimed in with a brief note. “The best there was, is and ever will be!” he wrote.
Lastly, @jonathanperron3 encouraged people to remember Robin Williams’ amiable nature. His tweet included a photo of the comedian along with a quote commonly attributed to him. The quote: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”
Beyond the Twitter tributes, some news outlets published their own remembrances of Robin Williams.