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Eddie Izzard leads tributes from the Fringe to Robin Williams

By | Published on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Robin Williams

Few non-Edinburgh news stories burst the often-called ‘Fringe Bubble’, meaning that once you’re on the inside world events generally pass you by. But the death last night of Robin Williams was one story that made it through, the comedy legend being such a massive influence on so many of the Festival’s comedy fraternity and beyond. And a few of said fraternity even remembering Williams’ own appearances at the Fringe in the 1970s.

According to the BBC, Williams was pronounced dead at his Californian home yesterday shortly after police responded to an emergency call just after midday local time. It’s believed the actor and comedian died by suicide, though a police spokesman added “a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made”.

Eddie Izzard, who was championed by Williams in his early career, and who has been performing and producing at the Fringe this year, led the tributes from the UK comedy community, stating: “Robin Williams has died and I am very sad. From every comedian here at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, we salute him and we say goodbye”.

Many, many other Fringe performers have joined the comedians and entertainers worldwide in taking to the social networks to pay tribute to Williams, and to remember some of his most notable lines and performances.

Which is something his widow suggested people do in a statement overnight. An “utterly heartbroken” Susan Schneider told reporters: “On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions”.