In the closing credits of a Thursday repeat,
The Office made a dedication to one of its biggest fans: Nathan Robinson, a 15-year-old Newton, Mass., high school student who died March 14 of complications from the flu. (
Office cast members B.J. Novak and John Krasinski are also Newton natives.)
The show's tribute ran alongside a video of Robinson playing The Office's theme song on the piano, as a photo of the teen appeared (below, from E!). Robinson loved music, math and the Dunder-Mifflin crew. The NBC show learned about the youth through a Boston Globe article which mentioned that a friend had encouraged him to try playing the theme song. The attempt resulted in "Nathan Plays Piano," a 32-second clip.
The friend who encouraged Robinson and shot the video shared her reaction to the dedication, saying, "It was really amazing! Nathan was such a fan of The Office, and he would have been so excited." - Anna Dimond