Colorado fans of Robin Williams, the iconic actor and comedian, flocked to the "Mork & Mindy" house in Boulder on Monday to pay their respects after news of his death spread.
Williams played the alien Mork on the late 1970s Boulder-set sitcom. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis was at the house at 1619 Pine St. last night:
— Jared Polis (@jaredpolis) August 12, 2014
Other tributes soon followed:
Home in Boulder , CO where Mork & Mindy was based and where Robin Williams began his career. pic.twitter.com/th5Ba4cypp
— Harlan Schmidt (@SchmidtTalking) August 12, 2014
— The Gazette (@csgazette) August 12, 2014
R.I.P. Robin Williams in Colorado you will always be our Mork! :*( pic.twitter.com/jpeisdSFQP
— Cindi Moulton (@CINDERK13) August 12, 2014
Fans paid their respects through the evening, the Boulder Daily Camera reports:
A steady stream of supporters stopped by the old house Monday evening to leave flowers, hang signs with message of remembrance or simply sit quietly as the news sunk in that Williams had unexpectedly died at age 63.
"It's sad, especially considering how many people he made happy and made smile," Boulder's Liz Mac said, adding she particularly loved his stand-up comedy specials "He was so talented. He could become any character. He will be truly missed."
As part of a particularly noteworthy "Mork & Mindy" episode in 1979, Williams played a male cheerleader -- white cowboy boots and all -- during an actual Broncos game.
Yesterday, our world lost an amazing talent. His family lost a father and a husband. Yet one thing we can do is refuse to accept the state of mental health care as it stands today and the stigma attached to illnesses of the mind — which should be given as much credence and weight as illnesses of the greater body.
So, thank you, Robin Williams. Thank you for stopping by Boulder last year to bring Mork back home one more time. For sharing your spark of madness (as you always said, we each only get one and what a waste it would be to not use it). And for showing us what honesty looks like when the filter is turned completely off.