Today, Robin Williams, one of the greatest, kindest actors of our age, has been found dead at his home in California. It seems that depression has caught up to him at last, and driven him into taking his own life.
His wife, Susan Schneider, had this to say to the public:
"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,"
I agree with her. Robin Williams was an ace of a man, a grand comedian, an actor with few equals. I grew up watching movies starring him, such as Jumanji or Hook, the Bicentennial Man, Mrs Doubtfire, or even his role as Genie in Aladdin.
Williams was also very open about his struggles. He had troubles with alcohol, as a result of his depressions. In the late 70s and early 80s, cocaine played a part in his life. The death of his friend John Belushi and the birth of his son had gotten him off the drug. In 2006, he relapsed and got help to combat his alcoholism. For 20 years he stayed sober, until he found himself with the problem, and took steps to get out of that self-destructive pit.
In 2009, he ended up in hospital due to heart problems. He was given a strong drug against the pain during his operation, which Michael Jackson used, and eventually ended his life. He made reference to it, warning people of drug abuse, during his comedy shows on stage.
Together with his second wife, Robin Williams founded Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization raising money for various charities. He was an engaged proponent of charity, and did many things to support good causes. He donated all the proceeds of his "Weapons of Self Destructions" album to the 2010 Canterbury Earthquake disaster victims, both via the Red Cross and the rebuilding efforts. Even through his battles with severe depression, he donated money to help others sharing similar troubles.Sorry, this media content cannot be displayed.
Robin Williams was more than just an actor. He was an icon. He was a wonderful piece of human culture. His contributions to cinema history and to human kindness have made their mark on past and current generations. This is a man who lived, and helped others live. This is a man who often extended his hand to offer support to others, who understood his own weaknesses and problems, and was not afraid to admit them.
This is a man who made people smile and laugh, who entertained them, while also teaching them subtle lessons. This is a man who loved video games, who enjoyed classics like Warcraft 3, Half-Life and even sniped people in Battlefield. He played Dungeons & Dragons. He was nerdy in all the right places. Even though naming his daughter after Princess Zelda may have been a bit much.
We have lost somebody irreplacable today.
Goodbye, Peter Pan. I will miss you dearly..