Any child of the late eighties and nineties has been treated to a slew of films and even more humor from comedian and actor, Robin Williams. This talented man entertained the masses in countless roles, but few as memorable being “Mork” from “Mork & Mindy,” “The Genie of The Lamp,” from Disney’s “Aladdin,” or as a nanny in drag in “Mrs. Doubtfire!” This man made you laugh so hard you left the theater and went to the nearest hospital to have your sides stitched up. It is with a heavy heart we announce Robin Williams passed yesterday at the age of 63. Williams was rumored to have been battling severe depression for quite some time. Naturally his family, friends, and fans are devastated.
Apparently, Williams’ death has been ruled a suicide. According to the Cornoner’s office his death is suspected to be “death by suicide due to asphyxia.” Surprisingly, Williams was battling severe depression for quite some time. He is survived by his third wife, Susan Schneider, and his three children Zelda, Cody, and Zachary Williams. the family has asked for privacy at this time, with susan releasing an official statement:
“This morning, 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,” Schneider said.
“On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
News of Robin Williams’ death has apparently been felt in the White House as well. President Obama too has released a statement:
“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.”
It is needless to say Robin Williams was a loved and highly esteemed man. The millions mourning his lost today have lit up social media with their own personal tributes and customized memes. Laughter is suc a precious gift; and when someone delivers that so freely to the world it is hard to remember they too get sad. Mental illness and depression are as dangerous as any ailment. It is time we treat people suffering from this with thie same attention and care we would someone who is injured or infected! Maybe then, treasures like Robin Williams will not be meeting their Maker before their time.