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Robin Williams' Suicide Seizes Google's Top Searches of 2014

The reaction to Robin Williams' death in August topped Google's list of 2014's fastest-rising search requests.

The reaction to Robin Williams' death in August topped Google's list of 2014's fastest-rising search requests. It beat notable events such as the World Cup, the Ebola outbreak, the March disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the Ice Bucket Challenge. In the first few days after his suicide, there was a six-fold increase in the number of Google searches for 'carpe diem' a Latin phrase for 'seize the day' that Williams popularized in the film 'Dead Poets Society.' Reports about Williams' long-running battle with depression caused searches for that term to triple. There was also an increase of searches about his movies. The top five were: 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' 'Dead Poets Society,' 'Good Will Hunting,' 'Jumanji' and 'Patch Adams.'

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