Since the news broke in the early hours of the 12th of August, social networks, news channels/ websites and the like have been overwhelmed with love for someone who has gone far too soon.
At only 63 years of age, a man who featured greatly in the childhoods of my generation and of course the lives of many other generations is being mourned. Proving that money cannot buy you happiness, Mr Robin Williams the comedy genius and acting extraordinaire suffered the extreme consequence of depression.
Now I wouldn't usually be the type to 'mourn' a celebrity death. On the contrary, I don't even join the mass 'RIP' status on Facebook as I don't feel it is appropirate or necessary for non-family or people close to said person to do so. However, the reason I am writing this post is that I can't stop feeling sad for what has happened.
Of course, now that the person who shaped alot of my comedy tastes and was in many movies I hold dear due to their involvement in my childhood and family life, is gone and there will be no more movies to treasure and no Mrs Doubtfire 2 to come is upsetting. But I can't help thinking that a death in Hollywood is even harder for families, wives, children, real friends, when a camera crew and reporters all want to get their piece to share with the world. This time should be for those people to come together and try to overcome the loss of their loved one and I hope their privacy is respected.
So yes, promote help for depression, anti-self harm, and suicide prevention but don't share anymore details about this husband and fathers difficulties in life. Let him rest in peace.
Popeye, Mork, Adrian, John, Parry, Peter, Genie, Daniel/Mrs Doubtfire, Alan, Jack, Professor, Sean, Patch, Andrew, Teddy, Dan - Mr Robin Williams - you will live on in our hearts and movie collections forever.
Thank you for your work and the joy it has brought to so many lives, may you now be at peace.