Robin Williams was 63 years old

Robin Williams

I am heartbroken. Robin Williams is dead in an apparent suicide. I did not know him, but I have been a fan ever since his Mork & Mindy days. More recently, I greatly preferred him in dramatic roles: Good Will Hunting, Insomnia – roles where his frenetic tendencies were held in check, lending his characters a seething intensity that jumped from the screen.

Every time someone well known takes his own life, I wonder, will this be the one that finally gets people talking? People seem to be shocked, and mostly because Robin Williams was so funny. Comedy and tragedy are different sides of the same mask, though. Tony was funny too, often hilariously so. Laughter can be a disguise. Comedy can be a defense mechanism.

I know all too well some of the things his family and friends are feeling now. They are wondering how this could have happened, what they could or should have done differently, why he didn’t call someone in that final, desperate moment before he took the action that could not be undone. They are in that unmapped landscape, together, but alone. They are sad and furious at him at the same time, probably. They are reeling.

My heart goes out to them. I hope they find some of the resources I found – most especially The Alliance of Hope  because there, they can write about their experience in anonymity and get help from people who understand their pain.

Much will be said and written about this in the days and weeks to come, I am sure. I am hoping that somehow, this will be the suicide that makes people willing to talk about it in a larger context. Not just this man, this suicide, but all people – all suicides. One is too many.

His name is Robin Williams. He was 63 years old.

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4 thoughts on “Robin Williams was 63 years old

  1. I hope so, too, Aimee. The new is everywhere on FB and no doubt more so on Twitter. Even having an idea — from a distance — what some of his demons were, all I could think was, “please let this be a hoax.” I’m not usually affected by the death of a celebrity, but somehow this is different. Please, people — can we start talking about this?

  2. Have to admit:
    1. Immediately thought of you when I heard the news. So desperately sad.
    2. Once I reflected a bit, it did all make complete sense. I do remember subconsciously thinking back in his hey day: ‘No one is that happy all the time.’ I remember thinking but not beong able to put it into words how I knew his ramblings were a barrier, a decoy. Such a tragedy. Hindsight……

    • You’re right, Lisa. Depression wears a lot of different faces. I knew he’d struggled with addiction — I didn’t know about the depression, per se, but it doesn’t really surprise me. I am just so sad for his family.

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