Robin Williams to be memorialized as character in ‘World of Warcraft’
An iconic Bay Area tunnel, commonly known as the Waldo Tunnel or Rainbow Tunnel, will be named after the late actor Robin Williams.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Robin Williams, who was found dead in his Bay Area home earlier this week, will be memorialized as a character in the online game “World of Warcraft” following an impassioned plea by fans.
The game’s lead designer, Ion Hazzikosta, announced Thursday at an event for “World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor” that Blizzard Entertainment would create a character in honor the late comedian, the Associated Press reported.
The announcement comes after at least 10,000 fans pledged support on an online petition on Change.org, asking for the video gaming company to memorialize Williams as non-player character in the “World of Warcraft.”
“Because of his presence within our community, we the players of World of Warcraft are asking Blizzard to kindly create [a non-player character] within the game that memorializes the actor/comedian,” petition organizer Jacob Holgate wrote.
Williams, an avid gamer, has said that he named his daughter, Zelda Williams, after the Nintendo game “The Legend of Zelda.”
He was said to be obsessed with video games, one of which included “World of Warcraft.”
The “World of Warcraft” account on Tuesday tweeted: "@robinwilliams Thank you. You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world. We’ll see you in-game.”
Williams was found dead by his personal assistant Monday inside his home in Tiburon. Authorities said it appeared the cause of death was “asphyxia due to hanging,” although toxicology reports for a final report will take weeks.
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