I think what’s really touching everyone here is that, in spite of him being all too human at times, his death was something people have an unusual difficulty brushing off.
As a 90s kid, it comes from realizing how much of Williams’ work actually made up a surprising portion of my childhood! Jumanji, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, and of course, Aladdin were all movies that I watched over and over on long afternoons. Believe me, I was sooner close to shedding some tears than casually dismissing him as another Hollywood obituary. I just can’t imagine my childhood without him in it. (This is kind of shocking revelation when you’re somebody who normally scorns his kiddie years.)