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Redditors share Robin Williams encounters and we can't stop crying

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Redditors share Robin Williams encounters and we can't stop crying
The beautiful people of Reddit have been contributing to the Robin Williams Megathread non-stop since yesterday's tragic loss, sharing their fondest memories of the legendary actor, as well as hilarious encounters. 

"With the unfortunate news of Robin Williams passing away today, this has sent a surge through reddit's community, and people want to talk about it in one big space. What would you like to say about Robin Williams? Use this post to share your thoughts," wrote roastedbagel, starting the gold star-worthy thread.

These users' stories of meeting Williams have moved us to tears: 

ramblingnonsense: Friend of mine saw Robin on a red eye flight, but he was sitting across the aisle from them and was apparently asleep. They spent a good portion of the flight going back and forth about whether it was him, when he suddenly turned to them, smiled, and said "Yes, it's really me." Made small talk for a minute and went back to sleep.

bonyponyride: I met Robin in 1992 when I was 11 years old. The pool scene in Mrs. Doubtfire was filmed at the pool where I used to swim as a kid.

One night I was with a friend at the pool and we thought we saw Robin swimming. We kept a close eye on him from 100 feet away, trying to figure out if it was actually him. The man stood up at the edge of the pool and looked over at us. It was him! We waved. He was wearing swimming paddles on his hands, so he immediately went into character, clapped the paddles together, barked at us like a seal and waved back

He got out of the pool and walked over to us, where we gushed to him about our favorite films of his. Then he signed a couple autographs, we thanked him for his time, and he went off to the locker room. I'll never forget that moment. What a cool and hilarious dude.

asar5932: When I was maybe 10 years old, I was in the lobby of a hotel in Baltimore and my dad tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to a guy standing in line. I turned and saw a short, hairy guy with a big pack pack. When I realized who it was, I let out a gasp and made eye contact with Robin Williams. He then looked back at me and let out a gasp of his own

flying_dMy Dad is a pilot and told me a story a few years back about meeting Robin Williams on one of his flights. He was actually commuting on a connect flight to Minneapolis from where he would be starting his trip from and happened to be sitting next to none other than Robin Williams' wife (Robin was sitting a few seats ahead of him). My dad got up a short while into the flight and asked him if he wanted to switch seats with him so that he could be with his wife.

According to my dad, Robin Williams responded with a friendly smile and said "no it's okay I feel a bit like wandering around right now anyway." He got up shook my dad's hand and then proceeded to go say hey to other passengers for a bit. My dad said he was one of the friendliest guys he had ever met.

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