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Robin Williams Dead at 63. (RIP Buddy)

What can I say? The man meant alot to me. He gave me confidence, taught me that it was ok to care about things, made me cry, and holy crap did he make me laugh. He will be missed

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/08/11/robin-williams-dead-at...

"Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn’t confirm that his death was a suicide, a rep did issue this statement. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Williams, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting, will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt in the third installment of Night at the Museum this December. He had recently signed on to reprise his beloved role as Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to be directed by Chris Columbus, and was last seen opposite Annette Bening in the indie film The Face of Love. His sitcom The Crazy Ones premiered on CBS last fall, but was not picked up for a second season."

What I will always remember about Robin Williams were those scenes where he was fighting off tears. There was a man who knew pain intimately. Apparently that pain was what got him.

Favorite Robin Williams movies:

Mrs Doubtfire
Dead Poets Society
Good Will Hunting
Jack
Patch Adams
What Dreams May Come
The fisher king

I am going to miss him.

Holy Crap I am just starting to realize how powerful and profound an influence he played in my life. Those scenes, where he exhibited that pain and suffering. The way he dealt with it, pushed through, soldiered on...

I learned how to deal with pain by watching that man act. The more I think about it, the more I realize it.



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People just aren't understanding...

...that Robin Williams was suffering from Bipolar I. That is the worst kind. There is no cure and its a chemical imbalance. Sometimes it takes years to find the right combo of meds and when you do, you can live a somewhat normal life...but on the chance those meds stop working...which can happen, you are back to ground 0. So this had nothing to do with his world/surroundings but everything to do with the disease. I know at least two people with this disease and its a lifetime scary road!!! It's real and needs more attention.

According to the press

According to the press conference in Marin county on the position Robin Williams was found, slightly suspended in a seated position, he may have died accidentally from Erotic Asphyxiation like David Carradine and others.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erotic_asphyxiation

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

No...

...he had Bipolar I. Read my above comment.

I have to say that while I am saddened

I have two problems.

He did it in the house with his wife. He should have just disappeared, as opposed to putting his dangling corps on display inside the residence.

And, it's such a lose of perspective. The guy lived for highs and couldn't handle a little reality check. He was worried about money? He could have made one movie and had more than a lifetimes worth of earnings for the average person. But no, he gives up and his PA finds the body.

To me, money worries is about keeping a roof over you and your families heads. Its about dealing with unemployment while trying to maintain some sense of self worth. Its not about fretting over a cancelled TV series and being disappointed in the movie roles you are getting.

I think there is a lot of anger and ego involved here.

Of course, you could have had a undisclosed terminal illness. He could have been on some cocktail of antidepresants and benzodiazepines that warped his thinking. SO I am not judging.

Suffice to say, assuming he was in decent health, many a 63 year old would have traded places with him. So he definitely had options. I have more sympathy for the guy wasting way with cancer, watching his life savings disappear, while he wonders what will become of his wife and kids.

Oh well. The mind is a funny place.

I Heard He Had Parkinsons

Having watched my grandfather lay bedridden with it for years on end, I can see how opting out may have been a rational and reasonable choice.

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"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

No...

...He had Bipolar I...read my above comment.

You are acting as if suicide

You are acting as if suicide is a rational choice. Some things are beyond reason. I doubt very highly this had to do with money at all. Hard to believe you bought that media line so hard.

I doubt a person who hasn't

I doubt a person who hasn't dealt with lingering psychological issues can relate to what haunted him for his whole life. He turned to drugs, alcohol and finally suicide because he was unable to cope.

Maybe he shouldnt have used.

Maybe then he could have delt with these issues.

I'm right there with you Séamusín

Robin was a Star in my book. He has made Generations Laugh and generations yet unborn will follow and study him as well. I expect it was his own brilliance that did him in. Rest In Peace Robin, you have earned it.

The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle;
pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and
worship without sacrifice: Mahatma Mohandas K. Gan

Scene Where Will Hunting Breaks Down

The moment that made the movie. Epic stuff.

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"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Hook...

Was a very good movie too...

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Williams was an avid cyclist. Biking kept him going.

This tragedy could have happened even sooner had he not been riding, imo.
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“I love bike racing. It’s like NASCAR and downhill ski racing, but the racers are wearing little more than pajamas,” Williams told VeloNews during one of his annual trips to the Tour de France. “I love the bike. It’s my meditation. I think I am ‘bike-sexual.’”
Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/cycling-world-sa...
http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/news/cycling-world-sa...

Russell Brand: Robin

Russell Brand: Robin Williams’ divine madness will no longer disrupt the sadness of the world
The manic energy of Williams could turn to destruction as easily as creativity. Is it melancholy to think that a world that he can’t live in must be broken?

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/12/russell...

Outward appearances are not always a good indicator

Of what is happening on the inside. Depression is a disease and drag folks to the breaking point. Also the drugs associated with depression are commonly known to help folks follow through on these thoughts.

Reminds me of David Caradine who choked himself to death by mistake. We won't know what truly happened till it is all sorted out.

Goes to show there is more to life than money and a seemingly happy life. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul. I hope this community can show a little class speaking of the dead. Life is precious no matter who it is. Politics and belief aside this is a tragedy but hopefully good can come from it in casting light on timeless truths.

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Strange, I felt gut-punched

Strange, I felt gut-punched at the news yesterday, but Norm McDonald's tribute really made me feel raw and sad.

Sad

I had an opportunity once to meet him and chat a short time, followed by a surreal elevator ride with him, Dustin Hoffman, and William Dafoe. lol (That guy could work any size room! )
The look and famous twinkle in his eyes just made you smile. I wish he could have felt the same happiness and good vibes he brought to others.

Wait a minute...

Robin Williams took the easy way out. He let a lot of people down. I've got lots of problems--money, family, health, etc. My wife and I buried our son 7 years ago. Life is really hard sometimes and the idea of putting a pistol in my ear would let me escape a lot of my troubles. But I have a family, job, responsibilities and I have to keep going.

No...

...Robin Williams suffered from Bipolar I. Its a mental disorder caused by a chemical imbalance and has no cure. You wouldn't understand it unless you knew someone who had it and/or studied about it. They CANNOT control those thoughts and it doesn't stop. And it has nothing to do with their life/surroundings. I have known people for 30+ years with this(although we have only discovered what it was within the past 10 years). A person can get meds for this but it may take years to find the right combo and that the right combo can stop working for no known reason at any time. I have seen enough to almost write a book. That disease isn't given the proper attention that it should. It is a lifetime project for those who survive it and takes much prayer to be around those who have it.

Sorry

You may not know anyone with depression, much less manic depression. But, your problems are tiny compared to how it feels. Multiply your stress by 10.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

Taking the easy way...does not always end up being the easy way.

I can sympathize with burying a child (still born)....10 years ago, we went through the same thing. Then later went through a harrowing miscarriage as well. But one does carry on , if only for those that would be left behind. I don't know how much peace anyone has who actually succeeds in committing suicide has, studies of NDEs done by Kubler Ross and others seem to indicate otherwise. The folks who survive suicide attempts and have NDEs have the worst time of it. Hopefully he found peace anyway.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Tears of a Clown.

Tears of a clown .When no ones around. Goodbye Robin your sadness and pain are over. You will live on through your great acting's in movies. Maniac depression is a frustrating mess. Jimi Hendrix

Money talks and dogs bark

The Sanction of the Victim

This is what WillinMiami is talking about, I try not to finance my enemies, I don't go to movie theatres, I only buy used DVD's or rent them.

Then I saw what was wrong with the world, I saw what destroyed men and nations, and where the battle for life had to be fought. I saw that the enemy was an inverted morality—and that my sanction was its only power. I saw that evil was impotent—that evil was the irrational, the blind, the anti-real—and that the only weapon of its triumph was the willingness of the good to serve it. Just as the parasites around me were proclaiming their helpless dependence on my mind and were expecting me voluntarily to accept a slavery they had no power to enforce, just as they were counting on my self-immolation to provide them with the means of their plan—so throughout the world and throughout men’s history, in every version and form, from the extortions of loafing relatives to the atrocities of collectivized countries, it is the good, the able, the men of reason, who act as their own destroyers, who transfuse to evil the blood of their virtue and let evil transmit to them the poison of destruction, thus gaining for evil the power of survival, and for their own values—the impotence of death. I saw that there comes a point, in the defeat of any man of virtue, when his own consent is needed for evil to win—and that no manner of injury done to him by others can succeed if he chooses to withhold his consent. I saw that I could put an end to your outrages by pronouncing a single word in my mind. I pronounced it. The word was “No.”

http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/sanction_of_the_victim.html

On reflection, I recalled a Russel Blaylock MD video.

A couple of in-laws are pushing the envelope of no return.

Taking one more drink could poison them to death. Blaylock describes the science of the cascade failure.

Complete nutrition for 90 days has been a way out for some.

I'd be happy to point you in the right direction:
http://paulsplace.my90forlife.com/

Free includes debt-free!

Another California psycho...

I enjoyed Mr. Williams' acting...particularly his role in "Good Will Hunting", but never really 'got' his standup stuff. It just wasn't my taste.
Most comedians seem to be tortured souls...look at Beluchi, Candy, Louis Anderson, etc. Their mental escape was through humor since they were in grade school. It seems, however, that 90%+ in the entertainment industry and particularly in Hollywood, are simply whacko...they're addicted to something (drugs, gambling, plastic surgery, etc.) or alcoholics. Everybody's on coke. Everybody's on spouse number 5. Everybody's on 34 doctor pills per day. I don't know what demons were crawling around under Robin's bed every night, but to me he took the chicken-shit way out of it. Apparently, he didn't learn much from all the rolls he played as counselor, mentor, advisor and cheerleader. Was he depressed because his new show sucked and got bad ratings? Could he just not handle being sober and the sad reality that is life in Amerika?
I don't know and I don't really care. He took the coward's way out and crushed his wife and families' lives. I will miss his acting ability to make me care about his character, but not him personally.
My 2 cents.

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Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

No...

...he had Bipolar I...read some of my above comments.

Another California psycho?

People commit suicide every day and I would suspect every state has their share so, cut the Calif. reference. It is sad that some of the people that can make us laugh, do it because they have so much pain inside. You are correct--you don't know what demons were crawling around under Robin's bed every night. Unfortunately, for him, there were too many. Are there any under your bed or in your head? Do you handle every situation without hurting anyone? I suspect most of us would answer yes to the first question and no to the second. The majority of actors are playing a part, just regurgitating a script. What made Robin so unique, was that his brain could think in fast forward coming up with responses that no writer could have scripted. He was lucid enough to check himself into rehab before he had a relapse. Do you think the doctors might have given him a new "wonder" drug? Take these, everything will be okay. Instead, everything went horribly wrong.

you're a dick..

And I could have gone without reading this