Robin WIlliam dead in apparent suicide
Beloved Oscar winning actor, Robin Williams, was found dead yesterday from an apparent suicide. This news hit me hard last night as I read the headlines on AOL. “What the hell”, I thought as I saw the story. This guy was a comic great. He was one of the funniest men I have ever had the pleasure to know. So why the hell would he kill himself? CNN Reports that he was battling Depression.
“He has been battling severe depression of late,” his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
I grew up with Robin Williams. I remember him from Happy Days where he gave the Fonz a close encounter with an ET. Later he got his own show and we fell in love with Mork and Mindy. From there he gave us the movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, and his portrayal of Peter Pan was priceless. So how could this man that I loved so much, do something so damned selfish as taking his own life?
When people commit suicide, it is because they are experience pain beyond belief. They feel that there is no hope left. Maybe they even feel like they are doing us all a favor. In reality the suicide of a loved one strikes home in ways that a normal death does not. It leaves your friends and family wondering how they missed the warning signs and maybe even blaming themselves. Many times when one person commits suicide, it is followed by others who cannot deal with the loss. Robin Williams has really pissed me off. A man who was loved by millions has the duty of being an example for them all. What has Robin taught us today? Is he telling us that if the going gets tough, just end it? I know that some fans will now take their own lives and perhaps even someone who was close to Robin at home. This tragedy is not over. For Robin’s family and fans it is just beginning.
The loss of Robin Williams has stolen from us all. It has stolen our happiness. It has stolen our hope. I am very angry at Robin Williams but at the same time I am very sad. I feel like I have lost a friend. When I had cancer, it was Robin Williams that helped me to keep my head up. His antics made me laugh, they made me realize that life is too precious to allow a disease to ruin it for me. He gave me hope. I wonder if I would still be alive if not for this funny little man.
For the family of Robin Williams, I feel the utmost empathy. For the fans I feel the pain. For myself I simply feel anger and loss. I truly hope that as the days move forward that I can watch him in his various rolls and enjoy them as I have in the past. For now my home is going to be void of Robin Williams and anything that reminds me of him.
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