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Old 08-12-2014, 12:12 PM   #21
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It hit me almost as hard as when I heard the news that John Lennon was dead. Different circumstances, but a tragedy none the less.

My fondest memory is when he took over the tonight show. He took it over every time he was on. Even Johnny Carson said he didn't need to be on set when Robin was there. He was the master!
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:47 PM   #22
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I feel the same way, RB. A friend posted this clip on Facebook:

Flashback: Watch Robin Williams Sum Up His Life in Two Minutes - NBC News
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:28 PM   #23
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Morbid humor alert!

Fresh Air With Terry Gross ran an interview she did with Robin Williams in 2006. During a small part of the interview about depression he throws out a line about the suicide hot line guy who says that "life isn't for everybody."
Made me smile and tear up at the same time.

Somewhere saw a video of a comedy club changing their marquee to read:

Robin Williams
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:24 PM   #24
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A TV clip was shown from an interview with Robin where he says that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem...

He was apparently back on top form again, having recently come out of another rehab.

Billy Connolly, a much acclaimed comedian (well, at least here in UK) has said that the world is a lesser place now that his hero has gone.
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:03 PM   #25
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No one knows another's demons.

There is no why. Only what is.

Take what they have given you and use it as best you can in your own life.


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Old 08-12-2014, 04:13 PM   #26
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The Best Robin Williams Moments | Mashable - YouTube
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Old 08-12-2014, 04:36 PM   #27
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:03 AM   #28
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It is so very sad that he fell off the edge of the abyss--that no one was there to pull him away from it and get him the help he needed. The world has lost a great mind. One interview I heard about RW was that his mind worked faster than any mind the person had ever encountered.

Robin Williams' death speaks volumes for the mental health care system. Not enough is done to help those suffering from mental health issues. Perhaps his death will bring about some changes in that area.

Unfortunately, severe depression alters the brain so that one suffering from it is not thinking like one not afflicted with the disease. The alteration is best described as one loses one's ability to think rationally--everything becomes all or nothing. When medication works, the difference in the person's ability to cope can be night and day. As a person who suffers from severe depression with suicidal ideations, I know firsthand what it is like when the medication stops working or when you start having horrific thoughts. Which, at the time, you can't stop or control. Fortunately, I have a wonderful doctor and one who has worked very hard to make sure the medication I take continues to do its job for me. As a time released medication, I am physically sick if I skip a dose. Coping is no longer an hour by hour challenge, but more a day by day challenge.

If you know s/one suffering from depression, don't tell them to get over it, they should do this or should do that. Show compassion and stay close. I am so grateful for my lifeline friends.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:36 AM   #29
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Unhappy

However, it was not just depression. The media announced today (at least here in UK) that he told his closest friends that he was close to bankruptcy. He has 2 previous wives to maintain.

"Ah, yes, divorce ... from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man's genitals through his wallet."

I just read that he selflessly raised $80m for various charities over the years, including Amnesty International and for families of victims of 9/11, to name a few.
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However, it was not just depression. The media announced today (at least here in UK) that he told his closest friends that he was close to bankruptcy. He has 2 previous wives to maintain.
Hard to tell if that was a trigger. I have seen other reports that estimated his net worth at $50 million (including a $35 million house he had put up for sale). Among Hollywood A-Listers, that might be considered "close to bankruptcy," but I think most of us could somehow manage to survive on it.

I can't help but think that a more deciding factor might have been what were considered recent failures: a movie that bombed and was released to VOD, and a promising television series that was cancelled after a single season due to dwindling ratings. That would be a blow to anyone's ego but, for someone who suffered from clinical depression, you have to think it would be devastating.

Another report said he had suffered from "survivor's guilt" for many years after losing several good friends, including John Belushi and Christopher and Dana Reeve.

But of course, it's all speculation. No one can truly get into the mind of another.
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