Robin Williams: 1951 - 2014

Robin Williams – Four Years Later

Robin Williams: 1951 - 2014With the fourth anniversary of Robin Williams’ death yesterday, it seemed appropriate after having just finished reading a new biography about him to do a brief write up about the legendary actor and comedian. I’ll also give my thoughts on the new Dave Itzkoff review titled Robin. An incredible man who was the epitome of a tortured soul and ended up taking his own life, Robin made millions of people laugh and even cry at points. Another reason I write this piece is because suicide has affected all of us at some point in our lives. Robin’s death wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last, but his life and death shows that even those who seem to have it all together might not.

Robin was an Academy Award winner, winner of multiple Golden Globes, and even a few Grammy’s, and one would think he was happy and rather content with his life. With films like Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King, and Good Morning, Vietnam — to his name but a few, his film successes were impressive, to say the least. Yet, as Itzkoff’s biography points out, Robin was deeply haunted by severe depression and a constant anxiety that he wasn’t successful in his career. Tragically, his demons were persistent, especially when one of his films flopped. However, the flops weren’t what pushed him over the edge. Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s was the final straw… Not long after the diagnosis, he was found in his room having hung himself.

Robin Williams - 21 July 1951 - 11 Aug 2014
One of the most incredible actors and comedians had finally reached the point where he was unable to take living any longer. Loved by millions and certainly an incredibly talented and successful individual, he still took his life. As anyone who has ever seen him act or do stand-up can attest to, Robin was an incredible human being with a heart of gold. Itzkoff’s biography (that I feel I have been remiss in not discussing more) is a tour de force of the story of Robin’s life, including his battle with addiction and depression.

Robin Williams: 1951 - 2014Although Robin Williams is dead, his legacy lives on, and I think his succumbing to depression and suicide is a rather profound point for his legacy to end on. I say this not because he took his life but because Robin’s death has shown people that appearances truly can deceive, that someone may look alright on the outside and be anything but okay. For all any of us know, that person could have a storm raging inside. Take time to talk to people, listen to them, and interact on a personal level because we can’t see inside a person. Speaking from experience, sometimes that’s all it takes to bring someone back from the edge.

For those of you reading this, please know you are not alone. If you ever feel lost, there are people available to help you.

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
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Posted by Spencer Evatt

I have a degree in Philosophy and Literature with an obsession for all forms of horror, especially the more extreme underground stuff. I also plan to have Vampirella as a bride and spend a large amount of free time battling zombies in Resident Evil

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