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Koko the gorilla mourns Robin Williams' death

Story Of Koko The Gorilla Mourning Robin Williams Goes Viral

Robin Williams is being remembered for his acting talents, his comic genius - and one moment we didn't see coming: the time he met Koko the gorilla. In 2001, Williams met Koko, a female who, her caregiver says, can understand sign language. Tuesday, The Gorilla Foundation posted video of their meeting.

The foundation also published a note saying Koko had seen her team learn the news of Williams' passing, and by the end of the day, "Koko became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering." Basically, the story of Koko mourning Williams is going viral. There is a bit of skepticism to be had here - when celebrities die, there are always people and organizations who try to capitalize off the media attention. The wording of the press release asks the public to remember Williams as one of the most powerful ambassadors of ape conservation. The actor's meeting with Koko has certainly made an impact - it's being called charming and incredibly moving.

Ultimately, of all the things to remember Williams for - his films, his stand-up comedy - this seems like a surprising moment to make headlines. But it might be because the encounter does exemplify the two qualities people seem to be remembering about him most: his comedic talents and his generosity.

According to The Gorilla Foundation, Williams tickled Koko and made her smile for the first time in months since she'd lost her gorilla companion, Michael. And the New York Post reports he filmed a PSA with her in 2004. The meeting stuck with Williams - he'd talk about Koko in his stand-up routines and spoke about her on "Ellen."

You can watch the full video of Robin and Koko's meeting at Koko.org.

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tmccull52 August 13 2014 at 1:43 PM

Really? We had to go all of the way to Koko the gorilla for a reaction? No wonder no one respects news media any more.

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smashingmonkey August 13 2014 at 2:22 PM

I'm sorry, but I'm not buying this one.

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sharcsawsupply August 13 2014 at 2:35 PM

I doubt Williams had the amount of impact that she would remember him from that long ago. She was signed the word "death" those around her were upset, she is simply joining the mood. A wonderful creature she may be, but this is silly.

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fulltruckloads August 13 2014 at 1:37 PM

Here it comes...the vultures, trying to capitalize on a celebrities death and trying to get those donations rolling in. CEO needs a big fat pay check. "And for every dollar you donate, we will give 1 penny of that dollar to the gorilla foundation! Come on people! Let the man rest in peace. Leave his family alone also!

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zaticon1 August 13 2014 at 2:04 PM

Well, PLEASE, let's not let Mickey Mouse find out about the tragedy. At his age and small size, I'm not sure he could handle it. I mean, hey, if it can bum out a frikkin' GORILLA.......

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morphiss7 August 13 2014 at 1:40 PM

Media is pathetic !!!

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analyst0042 August 13 2014 at 2:06 PM

Come on everybody it's a cute story. Leave it at that. Everything does not to be critiqued.

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silkroadg analyst0042 August 13 2014 at 8:16 PM


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ohsurewhatever silkroadg August 14 2014 at 6:27 AM

Silkroadg You obviously are less of a human than Koko..... If your hate for OUR President and his family is deep that it even effects you in this totally UNRELATED story you really need to get a life !!!! FOr real, your true colors ( black ) show in comments such as this.

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revivalman August 13 2014 at 2:39 PM

The Robin Williams mourning just reached the ridiculous stage. Time to move on.

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linzalind August 13 2014 at 1:31 PM

guess all the stories were gone - now it's time for the parasites and "death chasers" who are desperate to be associated with a dead man

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MICHELLE linzalind August 13 2014 at 3:03 PM

Good Grief! It's just an interesting side story. You must not be old enough to remember seeing their first meeting.

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songbirdgray linzalind August 13 2014 at 5:39 PM


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fenwaypark9 August 13 2014 at 3:36 PM

I'm sorry Williams has lost his battle with depression. HOWEVER, THERE IS NO WAY THIS STORY IS REMOTELY TRUE. OY

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