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We remember the life and career of comedian and actor Robin Williams, and take calls from those who knew, worked with, or were influenced by him.
we'll always have among us the idiots who disdain those that take their own life. you wonder if it's not a residual and quite specific American machismo thing,coupled with religious guilt[conscious or otherwise]of "going to hell". men and women also seem to be much more unsettled by male suicide,and, we can thank Joan Rivers, for her stunning insensitivity around her husbands suicide. anger over a suicide spouse OK,but if there isn't compassion on some level,then something is truly wrong here.
Robin Williams proved once again that a comedian can be a better actor than an actor be a comedian.
We lost a good one. Nanu nanu, RIP, Robin Williams.
Remember him performing at the Metropolitan Opera early on in his career?
I saw it on HBO and loved it. I hope they run it again soon.
What he was and did cannot be learned or practiced. That's the tragedy. His talent was a happy combination of genetics that set the bar out of reach for most who follow.
A brilliant raconteur, improvisationalist, comic, he will be missed by all. For whatever reason, he seems not to have been aware exactly how much he was appreciated, despite all his awards and critical acclaim. He, no doubt, had enough demons that no one but his nearest and dearest and therapists knew about, but everyone else loved him.
Whenever something like this happens, I always wonder why the severely depressed person was left alone. Why did no one notice his condition? Where were his family members and friends? I'm sure Mr. Williams was exhibiting some symptoms that should have been recognized by the people closest to him. I'm sure there's a lot of guilt going around now.
Heads Up: If you know a person who is severely depressed, be a friend and make sure that person is NEVER left alone until and unless treatment is underway on an inpatient basis. Depression is a terrible illness, but part and parcel of suicide prevention is to be with the person and contact emergency services if necessary.
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