Robin Williams on American Idol: He Made Us Laugh, Now We Cry [VIDEO]

We were heartbroken to learn of the passing of epic funnyman Robin Williams on Monday. We can’t even imagine the idea of Robin Williams dead. All those years of laughter, joy, and kindness over in one tragic instant. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Robin Williams - Dead Poets Society
Robin Williams – Dead Poets Society

We couldn’t help but remember way back in 2008 when Robin Williams appeared as part of the now-defunct Idol Gives Back event. Original American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson were still behind the table. Robin guested on the show as the character of ‘Russian Idol’ Ivan ‘Bob’ Poppanoff. Probably the funniest moment ever on the show besides Stephen Tyler auditioning in drag.

American Idol¬†judges and contestants added their voices to the collective mourning on Twitter of Robin Williams’ death of an apparent suicide. The man who brought so many of us moments of joy and laughter, even in the darkest of times, left us at the end in tears.