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Post  whatthedeuce on Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:21 pm

I can't believe it was apparently suicide. It's so tragic that someone who brought joy and laughter to so many people was filled with such horrible sadnes and hopelessness that he would end his own life. May he rest peacefully forever and never be alone or hurt again. And may his family find support and comfort in this terribly dark time.

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Post  Lurker on Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:30 pm

This is so sad, I've always enjoyed him in both comedic and dramatic roles. I really liked his last show "The Crazy Ones" and in all the behind the scenes stuff at the end of each episode it looked like they were having so much fun.

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Post  bookworm on Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:01 pm

So sad. Even in his bad movies you could still see his genius.
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Post  The Glen on Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:02 pm

Nanu nanu. :(

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Post  biakbiak on Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:06 pm

One of my friends used to book comedy at both the Punch Line and Cobb's the two main comedy venues in San Francisco and he would drop in frequently and she would always talk about how he was so sweet and kind to every person he met at the club and that he would take time to encourage and inspire the young comics who performed there.
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Post  punkysdilemma on Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:08 pm

I'm already seeing Facebook posts about "How could someone who was so funny possibly be depressed?" Something in me is very, very sad about turning a famous person's death into the inevitable awareness campaign.
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Post  Red Wolf on Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:50 pm

I'm already seeing Facebook posts about "How could someone who was so funny possibly be depressed?" Something in me is very, very sad about turning a famous person's death into the inevitable awareness campaign.
I believe a lot of creative people get their drive from their pain. Actually, I thought that was common knowledge.

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Post  salamandersam on Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:53 pm

I just found out about Robin William's death about half an hour ago, and I'm on the verge of tears. I grew up watching him. I admired him for speaking so openly about the demons he faced and I'm sad that they won out.

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Post  eventide82 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:55 pm

I'm shocked. So very sad, for him, and for his wife and three kids.
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Post  Morning Angel on Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:03 pm

punkysdilemma wrote:I'm already seeing Facebook posts about "How could someone who was so funny possibly be depressed?"  Something in me is very, very sad about turning a famous person's death into the inevitable awareness campaign.  

I work in the field of mental health, and many people who haven't seen or experienced depression from up close don't really get it though.   You don't want to exploit someone's death, but an event like this is often a way of getting people to talk about it.  I don't see what's wrong with that.
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Post  Binky on Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:51 pm

My mouth literally dropped open. I mean, I know he had substance abuse issues and was a human being like any other...


but he was also Genie...

So awful and so sad. Regardless of what happened.
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Post  dinahmoe on Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:51 pm

As someone who has both worked as a professional comedian, and been treated for depression, I am on board with seeing this as a learning thing.
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Post  Raksha on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:22 pm

How tragic! I'm in shock. Was not expecting this.
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Post  punkysdilemma on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:29 pm

dinahmoe wrote:As someone who has both worked as a professional comedian, and been treated for depression, I am on board with seeing this as a learning thing.
I'm very in favor of the message. Something in me is just really sad about how I think this is going to play out publicly.
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Post  katesti on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:30 pm

Morning Angel wrote:
punkysdilemma wrote:I'm already seeing Facebook posts about "How could someone who was so funny possibly be depressed?"  Something in me is very, very sad about turning a famous person's death into the inevitable awareness campaign.  

I work in the field of mental health, and many people who haven't seen or experienced depression from up close don't really get it though.   You don't want to exploit someone's death, but an event like this is often a way of getting people to talk about it.  I don't see what's wrong with that.

This. I don't have any problem seeing mental health resources linked on Facebook - I wish they were there more often.

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Post  Cutebutpsycho on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:34 pm

I'm shocked and saddened about this. I feel like a chunk of my childhood is suddenly gone.
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Post  biakbiak on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:53 pm

Marc Maron rereleased his 2010 podcast with Robin. It is the interview that basically made WTF a go to podcast for guests and people who want to listen to interesting interviews. Robin talks about a lot of his issues in a very open way.

Eta: I just relistened to it and as a warning there last five minutes Robin talks about how gopher couldn't commit suicide.


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Post  Kiran on Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:00 am

This has hit me (and a lot of people in my age range) hard. Robin Williams was the first celebrity I was aware of and such a huge part of my childhood.

He shot a movie here several years ago and several people I know had opportunity to interact with him. They all mentioned how kind he was.
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Post  Crowbridge on Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:15 am

This makes me very sad, not only because he was such a great talent, but because he seemed like a good person on top of that. That's rare in a celebrity. :(

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Post  year of the cat on Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:35 am

Oh. God. I know he had problems, and I know losing Chris was hard. How terrible that he still felt that isolated. His poor children.
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Post  Carrie Ann on Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:19 am

I've been on the verge of tears since I heard a few hours ago, but this tweet from The Academy put me over the edge. Of all things. What a terrible loss.
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Post  eventide82 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:01 am

That tweet just about did me in. Perfect way to sum it up, but heartbreaking at the same time.
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Post  xyzzy on Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:44 am

Jesus. I was doing ok until I saw that tweet and it punched me in the throat. I have treatment resistant bipolar disorder and I am intimate with the unrelenting pain it can cause. I'm sorry for him that he was unable to find relief, and of course I'm sad for his family, but at the same time I'm glad that he isn't suffering anymore. That tweet just summed up all my feelings about the whole thing pretty neatly.
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Post  biakbiak on Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:05 am

Zelda's tweet made me teary. As did the end of Josh Charles's where he said he said "Standing on my desk for you, always."
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Post  Corellderaan on Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:06 am

They are playing Mrs Doubtfire on TV tonight, and I'm finding it legitimately hard to watch. I always found it kind of sad anyway - he just wants to see his kids!! - but tonight it feels even sadder. :(

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