With the news of Robin Williams' death on Monday, a worldwide outpouring of tributes, memories and mourning followed. The sports world was not immune.
The Oscar-winning actor and comedian was no stranger to the sports stage, from his early days as a high school cross country runner to his love for cycling to his support of local and national charities.
Here is a look at how many athletes and organizations reacted to Monday's tragic news:
The early days
Williams' connection to sports began early. He ran cross country at Redwood High School and, according to Runner's World, Williams ran a 1:58.8 800 meters in 1969. He also ran in the historic Dipsea Race in 1984, finishing 232nd of 1,375 runners. The cross country trail race is the oldest in America; it was first run in 1905.
"Besides the hills, the stairs and the downhill, it wasn't bad," Williams told the Marin Independent Journal after the event.
- Taylor Dutch (@taylordutch) August 12, 2014
His movies and sports references
There are many passing sports references in Williams' films -- playing stickball and making the hilarious "three up/three down" retort in "Good Morning, Vietnam," playing soccer in full "Mrs. Doubtfire" attire, using the Miami Dolphins as a conversational point of reference for the average straight man in "The Birdcage" -- but there were a few more memorable ones:
From "The Best of Times": "I've simply been known as, The Man Who Dropped The Ball."
From "Good Will Hunting": "Oct. 21, 1975 ... Game 6 of the World Series ... Biggest game in Red Sox history." (FYI, some language NSFW.)
From "Dead Poets Society": "To me, sport is actually a chance for us to have other human beings push us to excel."
Life on the road
Williams was an avid cyclist, often popping up at the Tour de France and Tour of California. Many of the sport's biggest names paid tribute Monday:
RIP Robin. I will always remember you as one hell of a friend. I love you and will miss you terribly.
- Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) August 11, 2014
Williams showed strong support for Armstrong in the 2000s, but didn't officially comment on the cyclist after he admitted to doping.
Robin Williams - u will be greatly missed. Thx for all the smiles that u gave so many people over the years. U will never be forgotten. RIP.
- Tyler Hamilton (@Ty_Hamilton) August 12, 2014
So sad to see the news about Robin Williams, he was always an avid cyclist & a big supporter of the sport.
- Levi Leipheimer (@LeviLeipheimer) August 11, 2014
Such sad news about Robin Williams. Being around him gave you the same continuous giggles as watching his films. Lovely man & iconic actor.
- Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) August 12, 2014
Cavendish was introduced to Williams (we don't know if this was their initial meeting) in this clip from the 2010 Tour of California. At the 37-second mark, Williams pretends to be a fan, heckling George Hincapie in multiple languages (H/T to VeloNews):
Before all the doping dominoes started falling, Williams accepted this 2003 ESPYS Award on Lance Armstrong's behalf:
Major League Baseball made its own tribute to Williams:
- MLB (@MLB) August 11, 2014
This man gave us so many happy moments. http://t.co/V6LN2trqCp
- MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 12, 2014
Especially in San Francisco:
I'll miss you my friend. R.I.P. Mr. Williams. pic.twitter.com/PTE3A7n8Ra
- Luigi Francisco Seal (@LouSeal01) August 11, 2014
- San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) August 11, 2014
"Gooood evening, San Francisco!"
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A "linguistic exercise"
This golf clip, which is soooo NSFW, is a classic.
Sports, and what mattered most
A constant thread among the tributes and reaction to Williams' death: his unwavering generosity to others. One group he frequently supported was Andre Agassi's annual "Grand Slam for Kids" concert, which raised money for the tennis star's charter school and the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas.
Agassi released these statements on Facebook and Twitter on Monday:
2001 Grand Slam for Children. Robin Williams was one of the kindest, most generous people we have ever known... pic.twitter.com/fBO0HhDbtt
- Andre Agassi (@AndreAgassi) August 12, 2014
Another was the San Diego-based Challenged Athletes Foundation. For the past 11 years, Williams participated in the annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge as part of the CAF's relay team. The group also paid tribute to the actor Monday:
Robin Williams participated in 11 CAF San Diego Triathlon Challenge events. His energy & support will be truly missed pic.twitter.com/K11DldLukw
- CAF (@CAFoundation) August 12, 2014
Learn more about Williams' work with the foundation here.
And finally ...
"I want you to go out there and win this one for the Zipper!"