Robin Williams passed away today...

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Robin Williams passed away today...

I'm heartbroken. He was my favorite childhood actor. He was in so many great movies that resonated with so many people. You only had to look in his eyes to know what kind of a person he was. I haven't been able to stop crying all day. My favorite movie with him in it was Mrs. Doubtfire. I was 7 when that came out. It was one of those movies that really helped shape my younger years.

Solidarity to his family, the internet is in an uproar from heartbroken fans today.

That's so sad - he was brilliant!

Hubby found a note about it in a small newspaper this morning, and asked me to verify if it was true, because he couldn´t believe. He´s a great actor and will be missed. RIP.

I saw a news article this morning and did not believe it. Once it was confirmed I was heart broken. He was my favorite actor all through childhood and still in my adult years. Reading the article about the cause of death made it even more heart breaking for me. My husband and I were talking about watching our favorite movies of his in his honor.

I'm one of those people that has to put a moratorium on all things related to the person or thing when something like this happens. So I probably am not going to be watching his movies for a while. One day I will, but in the meantime I wouldn't be able to watch any of them without busting up. Some people seem to be angry about it, but mostly the reactions I've seen are sad. There were obviously so many people that didn't even know him that loved him.

It's so sad, he was so well known and loved and one of the kindest people on the planet. It's so unfortunate that he was so alone in his mind but was so well loved at the same time. My hope is that he is now at peace.

The saddest part to me is the confirmation it was a suicide by hanging. People knew he had problems with depression and no one was able to help him. It just goes to show that money doesn't buy you happiness as so many kids seem to think today. I feel for his family the most because I'm sure they saw his pain and are devastated and feel distraught at not being able to help him overcome the depression. smiley
I have seen a lot on the news locally today about people encouraging those they know who are struggling with depression to help their loved ones seek out and get help. So, in the light of this maybe some people who wouldn't have in the past will get help due to the familiarity of Robin Williams and his "loved by all" personality and see how serious depression can be. It is a serious illness that needs awareness sparked in the masses.

I have pretty severe depression, and when I heard what happened I cried for most of the afternoon. Not because he was a dear friend (because he wasn't, he was a person on the screen who I never met), but because it was a reminder of how deadly this disease is. Robin Williams worked so SO hard to keep his addictions in check and got treatment. It's not as if he ignored his problems. The mind is a confusing, mysterious thing. It's frustrating there is so much stigma and so little knowledge on how to live a stable, long life.

I still remember the email my parents sent me on my 21st birthday "Congratulations. We didn't think you'd make it this long." (I don't have the most parental parents).

Amber, I'm horrified by that cold-hearted email your parents sent you. I've had depression for many, many years now (mostly controlled at the moment), and have had medication, counselling and therapy at various times over that time. I could NEVER imagine saying such a negative, soul-destroying thing to my own daughter. I'm sending positive thoughts and prayers to you, and wish that I could give you a big hug, just to let you know that someone cares. You are in the right place to talk about things, for I have never known such a warm, caring circle of friends as there is on this site. We have to surround ourselves with positive people who will build us up - not tear us down. smiley

On to Robin Williams now : it's so sad that he felt that the only way out was to take his own life. My heart goes out to the friends and family who loved him - I'm sure they must be going through hell at the moment.

It's strange, but some of the most gifted people in the world have struggled with depression - even Sir Winston Churchill used to call his depression "The Black Dog". I have also read about many, many creative people who look from the outside as if they have it all, but who struggle each day with their own demons.

It just goes to show that the outside doesn't always reflect what's going on inside. So, let's be gentle with each other.......

Oh, Amber, how sad smiley

Robin Williams was an amazing actor and as more leaks about the good he did for others, it makes me all the more sad at his passing. Hoping this will bring more awareness for such a devastating disease.


Amber, I did the same but I did because I DID feel like a member of my family had passed. Not literally but... as a kid in the 90s I grew up with his movies and being young, they made a big impression on me.

I've often asked the question: which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Creativity, passion and brilliance seem to be congruous most of the time with emotional & psychological difficulties. I think the answer has more to do with the way we process negative events; creative people tend to feel and perceive with more... intensity? I dunno what the right word is.

Depression is a moving target, but medication and a really, really stable family life (my chosen, not biological) have helped me. But it's still a day-to-day thing.

Thank you for the hugs smiley

There is a comedian, Christopher Titus, who is very open about the fact that his standup is how he processes all the awful things that have happened in his life. Creation is a way to channel it all.

Yes, this is very sad. His wife said that he had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and
had not been ready to go public with it yet. His family seems to think this played a major role in his
not being able to go on to fight another disease.

It's heartbreaking to know that this man who spent his life bringing laughter into the lives of millions of
people, was suffering with his own internal pain so much.

It's heartbreaking to know that this man who spent his life bringing laughter into the lives of millions of
people, was suffering with his own internal pain so much.

I said this very same thing.

he will always be remembered for his brilliant mind. i hope he has his peace now