I've been putting off commenting on this because I wasn't sure quite what to say, but as a psychologist, and considering the circumstance of his death, I feel I should say something. I have been a fan of Robin Williams pretty much all my life. His career started when I was a young child, and I remember seeing him on Happy Days and then Mork and Mindy. I even had some of those Mork suspenders that I wore around as a kid! In high school, my friends and I saw Dead Poet's Society at the theater every week until it went off. (I don't even know how many times we saw it!) I was awestruck by his performance in Good Will Hunting (and so, apparently was the Academy, since he got the Oscar). Who else had, at the same time, such comedic sense and such dramatic sensitivity?
And to top it all off, he was by all accounts of those who knew him, an extremely nice guy -- one who performed tremendous acts of charity on the condition that they wouldn't be publicized (now some of this is coming out).
It's so very sad to see this kind of immense talent, mixed with real humanity, come to such a tragic end.If you or someone you know is battling severe depression, please, please get help. And if the first or second or even third thing you try doesn't work, KEEP TRYING. Life is worth it.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.