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Robin Williams made gorilla mourning death of her friend laugh again after 6 long months
He needed her as much as she needed him. 🦍💘
Rose Ann Dabu
10.19.20

It was 6 years ago when Robin Williams’ death shocked the world. Lots of people were saddened that he took his own life, as we had known him for making other people happy.

His legacy still remains in our hearts.

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With his kindness and radiant personality, he did not just make an impact on lots of people.

He also made a long and lasting mark in the heart of Koko, the famous gorilla.

Koko became famous for learning to communicate with humans through sign language. She could understand the English language and she was very fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Reportedly, she had the mental capacity of a three-year-old child. Though, sometimes, we think we’re not giving her enough credit.

This brilliant animal was born at the San Francisco Zoo.

Have you seen Robin and Koko’s adorable encounter that happened in 2001?

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This clip was posted on YouTube in 2014 as Koko’s tribute to Robin.

In the video description, it reads, “Robin Williams met Koko in 2001. It was a very cheerful encounter for both, and Koko has treasured it to this day. When Koko learned of Robin’s passing (on Aug. 11, 2014) she became very sad.”

It contains how the comedian made Koko laugh for the first time in 6 months after the death of her childhood playmate, Michael the Gorilla.

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Robin successfully cracked her mournful veneer with his welcoming and compassionate personality which resonated with the grieving Koko.

It was a priceless moment not only for both of them but also for the 14.7 million people who’ve seen their video.


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The Gorilla Foundation in California knew that she needed someone to cheer her up- that’s why they invited the famous comedian in 2001.

It was also a memorable moment for Robin.


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“We shared something extraordinary: Laughter. Koko understands spoken English and uses over 1,000 signs to share her feelings and thoughts about daily events, life, love, even death. It was awesome and unforgettable,” he said.

In the clip, it’s also very apparent that Koko really liked being with the celebrity.

He was just letting her touch him and even kiss his hand.


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Another funny part is when Koko took off Robin’s eyeglasses.

Then, she tried to wear them. She was such a cutie!


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Koko also had a request from Robin. She wanted him to tickle her – which he did.


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Robin tickled her a couple of times, which made her laugh. For the whole 6 months of grieving her friend’s passing, that was the only moment that made Koko laugh again.


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Her laughter was priceless.

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Koko made sure to make the comedian laugh, too by tickling him back. It all shows pure happiness.

Robin was one great man. It shows how he treated Koko and how he bonded with her. It’s like his goal was to make her happy and undoubtedly, he succeeded at that.

What he most likely wasn’t expecting, though, was the impression she left on him. Her innocence and purity reached him in a way that no other human ever could, and we’re lucky enough to get a glimpse of that.

Though both of them are no longer here with us (Koko also passed away in 2018), they both left a beautiful moment that all of us can cherish to this day.

If you want to witness the precious moment yourself, watch the video below!

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By Rose Ann Dabu
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Rose Ann Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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