The World’s Funniest Man Dies.. From Depression

I really wanted to blog about the death of Robin Williams this morning. I am so angry, disillusioned and just downright sad. He apparently was struggling with sobriety in some fashion since they say he went to rehab to ‘fine tune’ his recovery. Depression and addiction are so interlinked it’s sometimes hard to tell them apart. It’s the whole ‘chicken or egg’ thing. Which came first? Does the depression come first and then the addict self-medicates to compensate? Or does the addiction throw off the body’s chemistry so much that depression becomes a symptom of the disease. I don’t know. I know that I suffered with depression as a teenager long before I ever took my first drink. I know I’ve suffered with depression long after I took my last drink. All I can say is who knows? And, this morning I don’t f*cking care. I’m tired of a world where this pain exists, and the people who have it are stigmatized so much that they can’t or don’t seek help. I also know there’s not a thing I can do about it but mourn the loss of greatness of spirit, of laughter and of a life that touched me in so many countless ways I can’t even number them. I want to write about it, but I can’t this morning. I’m numb. Thankfully, my friend Robbie wrote about it very eloquently. I’ll let his words speak for me. I would add that in most cases, a combination of medication and behavioral therapy is the most effective. Many times medication is not enough. Thanks, Robbie, for sharing. The world needs to know how many of us there are.


Today, like most of you, I was shocked when I learned of the death of Robin Williams at the age of 63. If you are as old as me, you remember him as Mork from “Mork and Mindy”. If you my children’s age, he is Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin”. You may also remember him as Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire, Vladimir Ivanov (“Moscow on the Hudson”), Adrian Cronauer, Peter Banning/Peter Pan, Alan Parrish (“Jumanji”), Professor Philip Brainard, and Theodore Roosevelt, to name only a few. You can make a very good argument that he was the funniest man alive. Oh, and along the way, he played some great dramatic roles, even winning an Oscar for his role as Sean Maguire in “Good Will Hunting”.

I was shocked at the loss of a theatrical legend. I was even more shocked when investigators, news reports and even his own publicist said his death was…

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4 Comments on “The World’s Funniest Man Dies.. From Depression

  1. And, I all I could think about Sharon, was the friend we lost to this damn disease. People are talking about it more today than they ever have before. I hold onto that hope that the more people talk, eventually we’ll talk our way to conquering it. Hugs.

    • I know. I wish it didn’t take celebrities to inspire talk, but whatever it takes, it takes. I hope that before I die, depression will be treated as regularly as heart disease.

  2. Great blog by Robbie. I forwarded to my brother, who told me how selfish I was to attempt suicide 4 times and then not come to Knoxville to help out with Dad when I lost my job. Arghh. Maybe he’ll hear it.

    I hope you are well. 🙂

    • Well if there is one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s that we can’t influence our families. They are the last people who want to hear what we have to say. I gave that up. Too futile. But I hope he is an exception.

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