Robin Williams Dead at 63: A Different Take

Published: Aug 13, 2014 07:41am EDT
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Aug 13, 2014 @ 07:41am EDT


"They're not that different from you, are they?

Same haircuts.

Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel.

The world is their oyster.

They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you.

Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable?

Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you.

Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary."




Robin Williams passed away, or rather took himself away, yesterday at the young age of 63. At this time his death is attributed to suicide.

Tragic most say. People find themselves asking questions, and wondering why. I myself, can't figure it out either.

Now, back to me.  I am SO sick and tired of the people on social media using the "So Tragic, Make Sure Your Loved Ones Know How You Feel" tag. So. Incredibly. Sick. 

It's easy to say (to make yourself feel better about yourself), but incredibly hard to DO.

People just don't "get it". 

As someone who (as those that KNOW me) that has dealt with depression, addiction and suicidal thoughts, it's not that hard to understand why this man has passed. Those that don't understand it, never will. 

Robin Williams had an amazing life. He was a multiple Academy Award nominee, won one.  He was up for many Golden Globes and took down a few there.  He even got some MTV love with many nominations and a few wins in their award season. 

But it wasn't enough.

He was quoted once: "The Oscar is great, but 3 weeks from now, people will be asking me to say "Naa Nooo Naa Nooo again". 

Deep ingrained issues.  Depression does that to you.  Even for a man that (most) people believed was on top of the world.

A source close to Williams' family said that aside from his professional pressures, William's suffered from survivor's guilt and was never really able to get over the loss of his three dearest friends in the entertainment world: Christopher Reeve, Andy Kaufman and John Belushi.

"Robin outlived them all. He was a sensitive soul who struggled with the unfairness of it all," said the source.

The actor was hospitalized in March of 2009 with heart problems, causing him to postpone his one-man comedy tour to replace his aortic valve. The actor struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse throughout the '70s and '80s, but remained sober for two decades until a relapse in 2006, in which he underwent  rehabilitation.  His best quote ever was: "Cocaine is God's way of telling you that you make too much money!"

We’re told that alcoholism in particular was still very much a daily struggle for the Oscar-winning actor. In July, Williams once again checked into a rehab facility, which his rep insisted was just to maintain his health after completing back-to-back projects.

Williams' next movie, "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," where he reprises his role of Teddy Roosevelt, is set to hit theaters Dec. 19. Although it was not a done deal, a sequel to the 1993 hit "Mrs. Doubtfire" was said to be in the writing stages. According to Variety, any plans for that film will clearly now be scrapped. 

Hollywood publicist, Michael Levine, who knew Williams for 30 years, noted that while he often talked about his depression publicly in an attempt to help others, he very much suffered in silence.

"Very few people in this world reach the level of fame Robin Williams did and could understand the type of depression he dealt with,” Levine added. “There tends to be a lack of compassion. "So what? You’re famous" and it’s hard for people to then empathize. People like Robin often feel like they have to completely isolate themselves from the fishbowl they live in, and are so isolated they are afraid to ask for help."

What chance does a "normal" person have? It truly scares me when a man of this stature can't do it anymore. What chance do I have?

This is a loss.  A big one.  But please, unless you're going to practice what you preach, save the "tell your loved ones how you feel" speech for when it really hits close to home.  Please.

You never know what your last words will be to someone. Count on it.



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