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Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63


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  • terra nova Park City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 6:50 p.m.

    Most of the comments on this board have been kind and thoughtful. A few clearly have little to no knowledge of major clinical episodes of depression.

    For those looking for understanding, try: William Styron's, "Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness." It is short and powerful. For those who want a more recent, and longer work, try "The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of Depression" by Andrew Solomon. Neither are clinical, both are very readable works of people who have suffered major depressive episodes. It is astonishing that they were able to produce what they did.

    God bless you Robyn Williams. Thanks for making us laugh. We are sorry you are gone. God bless those who are suffering... and help us to lift, bless and assist them in getting proper help.

    Be kind to someone today. Be kind to yourself. Love coupled with knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.

  • USU-Logan Logan, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 4:15 p.m.


    Mr. Williams had cocaine addiction in the 70s and 80s. Even though he admitted his failure to alcoholism, and he took measures to deal with drinking problem, he said publicly that he would never return to cocaine.

    Unless there is medical evidence that drug was involved in his death, let's not assume cocaine was the source of Mr. Williams' problem. Depression can cause suicide and is far more complicated than many of us know, and not every depression case is highly treatable with medications, just think about Pastor Rick Warren's poor son. When dealing with depression, some people turn to food, some turn to alcohol, some even finally turn to suicide.

    I wish Mr. Williams rest in peace. Judging does not seem to fit in here.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 3:15 p.m.


    I highly doubt it was "just the depression" either. Depression is highly treatable today with medications but I know no treatment for hard drug abuse and alcohol. Cocaine is a killer and Williams was a big time abuser.

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    Aug. 12, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    I am going to celebrate his life by watching again his movie "Awakenings"

    One of his very best rolls and movies and so sadly rarely mentioned.
    He is so wonderful in it.

    Some people have never even heard of it.
    You think you like Robins Williams already--- wait til you watch him this.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 1:54 p.m.

    I've had a lot of experience working with people that suffered from depression & have dealt with it in my own life, though not to the extent that some others have. @patriot...yes he suffered from substance abuse but there's no way to tell if alcohol and drugs contributed to, or caused the problem or were used by Robin Williams to help him cope with his depression. My observation has been that substance abuse and depression are comorbidities because the substance is used to self medicate for the depression.

    I've also worked with addicts and in every single case, addiction was merely a symptom of deeper problems like severe depression/anxiety, social dysfunction, family disquietude, abuse, etc. I would hope that people don't judge Robin Williams for his addictions or his depression anymore than they would judge someone who suffers from chronic pain using analgesics.

    RIP RW...you were one of a kind and left me in stitches on multiple occasions.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    re:Brave Sir Robin

    It wasn't just depression. It was Cocain, alcohol and personal marital and financial problems. The man spent years in re-hab centers for drug and alcohol abuse as early as 2012.

  • Crackers n Cheese Price, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 12:28 p.m.

    Many people do not believe "Depression" really exists. Saying "snap out of it" or "just think happy thoughts" or "read your scriptures" does not make depression go away. It is real. It is a killer. Waking up every morning is an dreaded effort.

    If a person has a lung disease, they wouldn't be told to just think happy thoughts and it will go away. Or telling a heart attack patient to just snap out of it would not be therapeutic. Liver, kidney, and heart disease are all taken seriously and treated vigorously.

    But a "disease" of the brain is shameful, or doubted. When a bodily organ is sick it has symptoms. Depression is a symptom of a brain disorder. It can be treated, but is often kept a secret out of shame.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    sucide. This translates to a funny crazy guy on the outside but dark and terribly depressed on the inside.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    We have all had our bad days and perhaps extended times where we have struggled. It is easy to get down on yourself and wonder how you will make it through.

    Depression is real and those who suffer from it need to have faith and hope injected into their lives. This can come from supportive family and friends. You never know when a kind word or deed will change someone's life in a dramatic way.

    It is always sad when someone falls to this 'ailment' and takes their own life. It is devastating to those they leave behind. It also takes away all the experiences that they and their loved ones will now miss out on.

    Robin brightened the lives of millions. It is too bad that it wasn't enough to brighten his own life enough to carry on.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 12, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    Humor is a reflex of the struggle to be sane. For many years, Robin turned inner turmoil into combustion for making the world laugh at its misery. That’s quite a legacy.

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    Having been in the past a Young Men's President @ the Utah State Hospital to young men
    ages 12 - 18 years old who experienced some kind of abuse, sexual, physical, verbal, alcohol or drugs; I saw mental illness up close and what it can do. It is a horrid illness and people aren't mentally ill, "just because." Too bad more people don't get the help they need when help works as sometimes mental illness can be controlled sometimes not.

  • mominthetrenches South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 12, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    One of the all-time greatest comedians AND actors! It is definitely a huge loss. RIP, Robin Williams.

  • J.S Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 8:53 a.m.

    There's nothing selfish about suicide. A person who commits suicide most likely believes the world will be a better place without them, that the pain they cause for being among family is friends is actually much less than the pain they'd feel if he or she was dead. So let's not judge y'all!

  • rawlshea1 salt lake city, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 6:50 a.m.

    Suicide, particularly of someone so prominent like Robyn Williams, can be epidemic in its impact. That is, people who would not normally think of self destruction will, and tragically, will act on an impulse which has untold lasting impact on those around them. If anyone reading this feels some impulse to self destruction please seek help. Remember those around you. Suicide is more about them, than you.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 5:05 a.m.

    He was unique. He will be sorely missed.

  • cptandrus mountain view, WY
    Aug. 11, 2014 11:53 p.m.

    Mork has return to Ork. Thanks for the ride captain. Pease be with you.

  • Lambo Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 8:08 p.m.

    Goes to show that we all have Demons we battle. A person can appear so happy on the outside but suffer immensely on the inside. My heart goes out to all who have suffered with depression and all who are left behind to come to grips with suicide. Every time I hear about a suicide It is a reminder to be mindful and observant of signs by those around us of hopelessness and try to offer love and hope and resources for professional help. Thank you Robin Williams for all the cheer you spread during your life.

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    I'm so sorry. Thank you Robin, for making me laugh.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
    The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
    But O heart! heart! heart!
    O the bleeding drops of red,
    Where on the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 11, 2014 6:04 p.m.

    Depression is no respecter of persons or professions. It's ironic that a man who made so many people laugh was hurting so much inside. RIP Robin Williams.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    Aug. 11, 2014 6:02 p.m.

    Robin Williams was battling severe depression according to other news scources. Wow, I sure didn't see this coming. My Family and I saw him along the California Central Coast alone in a restaurant several summers ago. This was the weekend of his brother's brother funeral. Now people, lets all try to be a little nicer to those around us. Our better behavior may stop a friend, a co-worker or a family memeber from taking their own life.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 6:00 p.m.

    A tragic loss, rest in peace Robin.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 5:52 p.m.

    What was his problem? Just wondering Why.

  • Utah Soldier Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 5:47 p.m.

    For me, he was a hero simply because he toured with the USO. I met him in Kuwait in NOV 2003 when he came as part of a USO tour.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 11, 2014 5:40 p.m.

    Great comedian.

  • JinaYi87 Norman, OK
    Aug. 11, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    Wow. This man was an actor known by a generation. Williams was a great actor. Doubtfire, Flubber, Patch Adams, Dead Poets, Hook, Jumanji.....the list goes on.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 5:30 p.m.

    Sad. A comedic genius who will be missed.