Koko the Gorilla Mourns Robin Williams Death
August 11, 2014
Robin Williams met Koko in 2001 at The Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California. The encounter was a memorable time for both of them. Koko even recognized Robin from watching his movies on video. Koko is fluent in American sign language and soon had them laughing, playing and tickling each other. Koko hugging and kissing. They were two old souls meeting again and they both treasured the encounter.
But now, Koko the Gorilla mourns Robin Williams death. Sadly, Robin Williams, passed away August 11, 2014. Koko was with Dr. Penny Patterson, her foster mother and president of the Gorilla Foundation, when Dr. Patterson got a phone call with the news. A spokesperson for the Gorilla Foundation said:
After the first call, Koko came to Dr. Patterson with an inquiring look on her face. Dr. Patterson explained that “we have lost a dear friend, Robin Williams.”
Koko was quiet and looked very thoughtful.
Koko could be found sitting quietly, head bend, and with her lower lip trembling.
Koko.org produced this video in the hope of lifting Koko’s spirits and to remind everyone of the profound gift of joy that Robin Williams brought to our world.
Uploaded on Aug 12, 2014
Dr. Patterson said of Robin’s visit:
“Robin made Koko smile — something she hadn’t done for over six months, ever since her childhood gorilla companion, Michael, passed away.”
May you forever REST IN PEACE, Robin Williams.
You are truly a legend and will never be forgotten for the laughter and joy you brought to people’s hearts, my own included.
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