The news of Robin Williams untimely death came as a shock, and there are many who are still reeling from it. The entertainment industry took to the social media to express their grief, and now Apple has done its part too. The company has dedicated a special section on iTunes, and has surprisingly dedicated its homepage to the departed comedian and actor.
The Apple homepage features a black and white portrait of Robin Williams followed by a message, 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. It is rare to see Apple dedicating its homepage to one person, and Williams joins the likes of Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, as well as Apple board member Jerry York.
The iTunes featured section, titled Remembering Robin Williams, has a collection of his best work that includes his movies, TV series, and his stand-up acts. The section is described by a heartfelt note about Williams that reads:
No one made us laugh like Robin Williams. His mile-a-minute comic energy a dizzying stream of jokes, impressions and hyper-physicality left us exhausted from the fun of it, but always wanting more. Williams could make the most dramatic moments somehow hilarious, and the silliest moments deeply meaningful. His characters embodied this talent, from kooky writer T.S. Garp in The World According to Garp to a father masquerading as a dubious English nanny to stay near his children in Mrs. Doubtfire to a psychotherapist cutting through a troubled young janitor s defenses in Good Will Hunting. An Oscar, an Emmy, and a Grammy Winner, Williams was also a generous philanthropist who performed with the USO for troops stationed overseas, and worked passionately with a variety of organizations such as Comic Relief and St. Jude Children s Research Hospital.
Apple s CEO Tim Cook too expressed his shock on Twitter, with the following tweet.
Heartbroken by the news of Robin Williams’ passing. He was an incomparable talent and a great human being. Rest in peace.
Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 12, 2014
Williams died at the age of 63, with his death possibly a suicide due to asphyxiation.