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Robin Williams Death: Tribute to His Life Raises Awareness of Suicide

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Yesterday, news of Robin Williams death struck the world with shock and an overwhelming swath of sadness.  Sympathies went out worldwide for the inspirational comedic actor on the day of his suicide on August 11.

Robin Williams Death: America Mourns

Authorities believe that after struggling from severe depression, Robin Williams hung himself from his bedroom door at his home in California.  Robin Williams’ death is considered suicide by asphyxiation, although there were dull cuts found on the inside of his left wrist – a pocket knife was later discovered near nearby. Emergency responders were stated as attending to the Jumanji actor after receiving a call of “a male adult located unconscious and not breathing” at approximately 11:55 am.  Robin Williams death was declared just seven minutes later at 12:02 p.m.  The 63-year-old Good Will Hunting star most notably left behind wife Susan Schneider, with whom he would have had his third year wedding anniversary this October, and three children – Zelda, 25, Zach, 31, and Cody, 22.  In lieu of privacy, Susan made the brief statement on Robin Williams death, “I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.  I am utterly heartbroken.”  Zelda posted a quote of a French poet on her Twitter and added, “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.”  The family has understandably requested time alone to cope with Williams’ death at their own pace.  A representative claimed they wish “the focus” of Robin Williams death to be, “on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Legacy

Whether dedicated fans choose to refer to him as Peter Pan, Mrs. Doubtfire, Genie, Popeye, Mork, or even his recent hit television show “The Crazy Ones,” the fact of the matter is that he was more than a household name actor, he was a part of our lives.  Robin Williams’ death has highlighted his legacy as an exceptional human who possessed limitless talent through his passionate work as a comedian, producer, screenwriter, philanthropist, husband, and importantly, father.  Williams was a dreamer with a massive amount of accomplishments, some of which the public may not be aware of.  He was honored with acceptance to Julliard School for theater.  Actually, that is where Robin met former Superman actor, Christopher Reeve. After Reeve’s severe paralyzing accident, and at a low point in his recovery, Williams was said to have snuck in to visit Reeves in an effort to cheer him up.  When Williams came through the hospital door dressed as a doctor, speaking in a Russian accent and claiming to be Reeve’s proctologist, Reeve claimed it was “the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.”  This wasn’t the only time Williams brought a smile to a friend.  He visited Sharon Osbourne to cheer her up in the wake of her cancer diagnosis, and he also called Steven Spielberg multiple times to make him laugh during filming of Schindler’s List.  Actions like these are what will keep Robin Williams remembered as a man with a kind heart.  Williams has roles in three upcoming films, which fans can also cherish in memoriam.  He will be voicing Dennis the Dog in Absolutely Amazing, playing Mitch in Merry Friggin’ Christmas, and starring as Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Recent Return to Rehab

With a history of addiction to alcohol and cocaine, Williams willingly admitted himself into rehab prior to his death.  It was claimed that he did not relapse though. Williams checked himself into Hazelden in Lindstrom, Minnesota, due to his concern over depression and to maintain his sobriety.  The World’s Greatest Dad star once had a couple decades of clean time until he relapsed in 2003 and publicly went to rehab in 2006.  He commented in 2010 on the slip, explaining, “I just thought, hey, maybe drinking will help.  Because I felt alone and afraid.  It was that thing of working so much… maybe that will help.  And it was the worst thing in the world.”  Robin Williams was remarkable in his authenticity and honesty on such a heavy topic, like the disease of alcoholism and addiction. He was an avid member of Alcoholics Anonymous, a 12-Step Fellowship, and genuinely wanted to work on himself to be healthy again.

Raising Awareness of Suicide

Robin Williams death has brought a tremendous amount of awareness to the risks that may unfortunately come along with addiction and mental health issues like depression.  Williams made an admirable decision to step up to the plate and enter treatment.  It’s an absolute shame that his sickness was strong enough to overrule his thinking and lead to his untimely death.  This brings to light how crucial it is to support sufferers of mental health issues.  Suicide is 100% preventable when proper treatment and support is acquired.  No person should ever feel hopeless enough to commit suicide, and no one should ever have to be faced with the aftermath of someone they love or know committing suicide.  The National Suicide Prevention Helpline provides such assistance at 1-800-273-8255.

If you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism or addiction, talk about it today and receive help by contacting The Watershed at 1-800-861-1768.  Do not hesitate to call.  You could save a life, even your own.

Rest In Peace Robin Williams

July 21, 1951 to August 11, 2014

Celebrities On Robin Williams Death

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.  But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.  He made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.” –President Barack Obama

“He was one of the very first to raise his hand and open his self to vulnerability to anyone about his own personal situation.” -Dean Kendrick

“I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.” –Steve Martin

“[He was] a genuine caring guy.  Not just a funny man, but a guy who cared about people.” –Larry King

“Unimaginable that this is the reality today, that this incredible human being, incredible, delicate, funny, dramatic human being is gone.” –Henry Wrinkler

“We mourn the loss of our friend Robin Williams, who always made us laugh and smile.” –Sesame Street

“Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while.” –Mara Wilson

“Robin Williams…that 5 minute chat that evolved into 90 minutes, my sides were aching from laughter. Amazing mind, such a kind man . RIP.” –Russell Crowe

“I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.” –Neil Patrick Harris

“Famously kind, ferociously funny, a genius and a gentle soul. What a loss.” –Michael J. Foxx

“I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.” –Ellen DeGeneres

More celebrities speak about Robin Williams death here.




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