Robin Williams and Peter Spitzer: the world loses two inspirational clowns

The world has lost two inspirational "clowns" from either side of the globe in less than a week.

Australia’s favourite clown doctor, Dr Peter Spitzer, passed away on Saturday, and then American comic and actor Robin Williams was found dead on Tuesday.

One of Williams' many box office hits was the heartfelt film based on the life story of Dr Patch Adams.

The 1998 movie was a semi-biographical comedy-drama about Dr Adams and the book Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter by Adams and Maureen Mylander.

It was about a doctor who used humour to help heal his patients. 

The Humour Foundation CEO Melinda Farrell said the foundation was inspired by a meeting with Dr Adams himself.

“The work of The Humour Foundation, co-founded and established by Dr Peter Spitzer, was inspired by the work of Patch Adams from the United States,” Ms Farrell said.

After their meeting with Dr Adams, The Humour Foundation founders, Dr Spitzer and Jean-Paul Bell, began to research the benefits of humour.

Their idea then became a reality when The Humour Foundation was established and Clown Doctors were born.

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