As many of you know, a great comedian has left us and in the worst way. Robin Williams died Monday at the age of 63. He was found dead in his Tiburon, Calif. home unconscious and unresponsive at around Noon Pacific time. While his exact cause of death has yet to be determined by the coroner’s office, it is believed that Williams committed suicide due to asphyxia.
Williams was in so many great movies and television shows. He got his start in stand-up comedy in San Francisco in the 1970s before landing a guest role as an alien from outer space on an episode of Happy Days. That role would lead to a spin-off entitled Mork & Mindy, which ran from 1978-82. He continued into hilarious roles in films like Good Morning,Vietnam, Aladdin, and Mrs. Doubtfire. He also had terrific dramatic roles in movies like Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King,and his Oscar-winning role in Good Will Hunting.
I found out about Robin Williams’ death when helping a customer at work. Suddenly a message from the news app on my phone from my local NBC affiliate reported his death. I couldn’t help but glance at it and be in complete shock and even informed the people who I was waiting on at my counter about the sad news as well as my co-workers who were nearby. Some of my co-workers didn’t even believe me at first, I don’t blame them, I didn’t want to believe me,either,or the devastating news.
We didn’t lose just a great comedian, but a great actor, both comedic and dramatic, a great humanitarian, and one of the San Francisco Giants’ greatest fans. I loved that I shared the same love of the Giants as he did.
While I loved his movies, it was his HBO specials and his appearances on talk shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman where I loved him the most. It was those shows where we got to see Robin Williams at his best and quite honestly his funniest. It is there where I will miss him the most because whenever he would appear with Jay or Dave or Conan or Craig, you knew about it and you couldn’t wait to tune in and see what he would say or do to make you laugh.
At the time of his death, Williams was battling depression. I know a thing or two about going through such an illness like depression due to my having social anxiety and the thing I keep thinking about when I hear about his battle with depression is whether or not he was able to seek help for that. I’ve always said that one who is battling a mental disorder to get help when they absolutely need it, but I should amend that a little. I hope all who are reading this today can be of aid to someone who is hurting and looks like they may need help can assert themselves in any way they can and help them any way they can so that they can help ease their own suffering.
Depression is a dark hole that if someone can’t get themselves out, it can be a devastating thing. Robin Williams’ untimely death is living proof.