RIP Robin Williams

August 12th, 2014 at 11:41 am by David Farrar

3 News reports:

Actor and comedian has been found dead, his publicist has announced. He was 63.

He was found in his home and the cause of death is believed to be suicide.

“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” his publicist said in a statement.

“He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said.

“I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

How very very sad. I’m stunned.

It is a reminder that even the apparently happiest and funniest people can struggle with their mental health.

I loves so many of his shows and movies. Mork & Mindy was great, and Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society are my favourite of his movies.

It was during one of his appearances on David Letterman that it struck me what a comic genius he was. Normally Letterman is the one doing most of the talking, but Williams came on and just took over and engaged with the crowd for probably five minutes or more without a pause, before Letterman got to say anything. His stand up skills are almost unsurpassed.

A huge loss to his family, but also to the entire world of comedy. A very sad day.

 

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48 Responses to “RIP Robin Williams”

  1. RF (1,399 comments) says:

    So Sad. A real nice guy and very funny actor. RIP

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  2. Ashley Schaeffer (487 comments) says:

    Very sorry to hear about this. Williams certainly had his demons. Still he achieved a lot in 63 years.

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  3. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    His live comedy was great too. I thought he cage a good performance in the Bicentennial Man. A lot of comics have anxiety or depression

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  4. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    That is terrible — such a talented man and such a very sad end to a great entertainer. :-( Nanu nanu !!

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  5. David Garrett (7,292 comments) says:

    Nice post DPF…Depression is a right bastard…and one the awful things about is that sufferers often suicide when they seeming to improve. ..I lost a close friend this way in January…

    A sad loss to the world of entertainment. ..and of course his family. ..

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  6. Razorlight (52 comments) says:

    He was fucking brilliant in Good Will Hunting

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  7. flipper (4,068 comments) says:

    Labour, CminusT and the red melons will claim that J Key is responsible for the death of Mork.

    For him it is “Goooodddd morning, St Peter”.

    Bugger.

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  8. SGA (1,045 comments) says:

    KiwiGreg at 11:47 am

    His live comedy was great too.

    Years ago I remember watching a recording of him live at the Metropolitan Opera House (I think). Very clever, very funny (at least as I remember it).

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  9. MT_Tinman (3,188 comments) says:

    Bugger!

    A great entertainer.

    Hopefully Sky will now run a Robin Williams memorial season – there were so many bloody good films featuring the man.

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  10. Colville (2,269 comments) says:

    I just read thru His wiki page.
    I was sure that Williams was a wrestler in his younger years but no mention of it at all…hmmm…. he palyed Garp in the movie of the Irving book…hmmm… was very good.

    Funny as all hell. Dammit.

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  11. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    Very sad- A bloody talented guy…

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  12. ShawnLH (5,128 comments) says:

    Bloody hell, that’s a shock. I had no idea he was likely to do something like that. Very sad.

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  13. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    Pretty young. Sad.

    It’s hard work being a relative of someone with depression, the fact that you’re not enough to make them happy…

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  14. flipper (4,068 comments) says:

    For him it is “Goooodddd morning, St Peter”.

    Bugger.

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    *****

    The thumb downers clearly have no appreciation of Williams self deprecation, and infectious humour.

    Oh if it is the reference to J key being “blamed”, get stuffed.
    JK gets blamed when ants burp. And Williams, RIP, would support that view.

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  15. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    Depression is an absolute and insidious bastard. I have suffered on and off for the better part of 30 years, although I’ve never plumbed the depths that Robin Williams clearly did.

    It’s ironic that a man associated with laughter took his life in a trough of despair, but sadly, creative people are some of the worst affected by the Black Dog. There’s no shame in asking for help.

    Rest peacefully Robin Williams, and thanks for the wonderful legacy you have left behind.

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  16. Northland Wahine (667 comments) says:

    Often when celebrities pass, I tend to be a little blasé… I am really saddened and shocked by his passing. The man was a comic genius and an awesome dramatic actor. Awakening, Dead poets and Good will hunting count amongst my favourite moments.

    Rest in peace, Robin Williams.

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  17. Bob R (1,375 comments) says:

    Wow, that is truly shocking and very sad news. Williams really made his name as a comedian and his stand up comedy routines are legendary. My favourite memories of him are his more serious acting roles, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting and his against type roles playing a villain in Insomnia and One Hour Photo. The man could convey real depth and intelligence on screen. I also found Mrs Doubtfire a bit of a guilty pleasure.

    A great actor and comedian, RIP.

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  18. David Garrett (7,292 comments) says:

    KS: Well done for sharing your problem…unfortunately there is still a pretty common perception that all sufferers have to do is “pull themselves together”…If you want to increase the risk of a sufferer suiciding, that’s a damn good way of making it more likely…

    The other misconception is it is a sign of weakness of character…I have long rationalised the pills I take every day as “insulin for my head”…I find that thought quite helpful…Diabetics aren’t expected to feel they are weak because the pancreas doesn’t report for duty as it should…

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  19. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    “He loved the All Blacks” screams the Herald headline.
    For Fuck’s sake. An Academy Award winning megastar and one of the great Comedic genius’ of our lifetime dies and that is all they can come up with?

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  20. Liam Hehir (125 comments) says:

    It’s a hell of a thing when any man kills himself, be he talented, mediocre, famous or obscure. When someone like Robin Williams does this, however, it sure does shine a light on the ongoing tragedy of the human condition. Neither material riches nor the esteem of the others – as much as we covet them – will give you tranquility or liberate you from torment.

    Hopefully the poor man will find the serenity that eluded him in life, may he rest in peace.

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  21. David Garrett (7,292 comments) says:

    To the clown who downticked my 11.50: You must really be full of hate man…

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  22. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    Great loss. Spent great times in my youth listening to him on the comedy hour on radio active. This is one of the good ones. The cocaine one is a goodie too

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wpGtgZw5Z_U

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  23. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    Sadly, there is a long history of effervescent and outgoing people burning up inside.

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  24. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    Should have been this link

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nIWB-Neyj-c

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  25. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    This is all the more tragic if you are familiar with the plot line of “What Dreams May Come” one of his best films in my view (and with a kiwi connection). About a family man desperately trying to reach his suicidal wife and draw her back from ‘hell.’ It’s a stunner.

    So often mania and bipolar are associated with genius and talent. But the drivenness that alludes so many of us in the tempered middle has a terrible downside (the crashes). In Robin’s case, as in so many, fatal.

    RIP gentle soul.

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  26. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    here’s a really good clip from this excellent film (totally recommend it). Robin Williams was consummate in this role.

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  27. Jinky (185 comments) says:

    Very sad to hear about the loss of such a funny man. Enjoyed many of his movies and our kids love the voices he’s done for animated movies like Happy Feet. Sadly men over 60 are at highest risk of suicide, especially those with a long history of mood disorder.

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  28. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    Here’s some more… “I’ll follow you in to the dark.”

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  29. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Good film, iMP

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  30. Gulag1917 (923 comments) says:

    Robin Williams on Letterman

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  31. lilman (960 comments) says:

    Really loved him in the movie Awakenings,was a serious role that he made believable.

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  32. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    Very sad. Talented guy.

    I listened to an interview with him years ago. His childhood was shit. Basically grew up alone in some huge mansion.

    He must have been living in hell to finish it. Wouldnt wish that on anyone.

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  33. Gulag1917 (923 comments) says:

    Genius

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  34. goldnkiwi (1,308 comments) says:

    Depression often linked to intelligence? His humour was very clever and will be enduring. At peace.

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  35. cricko (330 comments) says:

    “Reality is a crutch for those who can’t cope with drugs.” Robin Williams. R.I.P.

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  36. cricko (330 comments) says:

    And there we go. @ 2.36

    Downticked by some humourless fuckwit with no frikken idea.
    No sense of humour. Why are you reading a thread about a commedian, you sad sack ?
    Some fuckwits just need to get a life.
    And I bet you don’t even know what I am on about. Duh!

    Downtick this too, you cretin.

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  37. David Garrett (7,292 comments) says:

    cricko: It’s difficult eh? Although we all know there are morons in our midst, sometimes being reminded of it is just too depressing…

    but let’s be charitable…perhaps that chap didn’t know that was an old joke…

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  38. cricko (330 comments) says:

    DG : A boofhead like that has never heard a funny joke in their whole sad, pittifull life.
    Never ever had a laugh. Just never ever got it. Not capable.

    (Maybe it was Kennedy Graham. Just joking)

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  39. David Garrett (7,292 comments) says:

    cricko: Yes…I always thought old Kennedy had missed his vocation…in every speech in which he warned of unstoppable global warming by next Thursday I always thought he looked and sounded like an undertaker…

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  40. Harriet (4,972 comments) says:

    He was an alcoholic but has been off the bottle for a number of years if I remember correctly. Although that would probably be diagnosed knowdays as being a condition of his depression.

    Anyway very sad loss, as no one I’ve heard of has ever said anything bad about him.

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  41. cricko (330 comments) says:

    Here is another quote from Robin.

    “What’s Right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.”

    Think about that one girls.

    PS. The Haters are out in force on this today.
    Some people are just not able to see a joke or have any fun.

    Sort of like how election billboards agravate some lefties to the point that they are unable to constrain themelves.

    How come these people are the same type that have a nil sense of humour ?

    (Looking forward to a host of downthumbs for posting that truth.)

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  42. cha (4,022 comments) says:

    One of his best.

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  43. RF (1,399 comments) says:

    Memo to the sad fuck who has given down ticks to the posts on this thread. Suggest you get a life in another world if u get my meaning.

    You are beneath contempt

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  44. Dave Mann (1,222 comments) says:

    I never thought he was particularly funny…. manic and off-the-wall certainly, but not at all funny. I really feel for his family. Apparently he had a wife… she must be going through hell right now, poor woman.

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  45. cricko (330 comments) says:

    Hey Dave Mann.

    Why then, would you go out of your way to make a such comment ?

    So . You didn’t think he was funny ?

    Why not just fuck up then ? Just hold your counsel.

    Otherwise , why would you go out of your way just to expose yourself as the sad piece of miserable shit that you are ?

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  46. Dave Mann (1,222 comments) says:

    @cricko: the guy killed himself and left a wife and loved ones to grieve. Not only was he not funny in life, but he was incredibly hurtful and selfish in death. It’s about time people stopped wringing their hands and wanking on when someone does something like this. The sympathy belongs really with those who are left to carry the burdon of sadness and grief. Just saying…

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  47. Return To Sender (14 comments) says:

    Without a doubt, my favourite Robin Williams movie is Mrs Fire

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  48. SGA (1,045 comments) says:

    Dave Mann at 8:17 am

    Not only was he not funny in life, but he was incredibly hurtful and selfish in death.

    When people find themselves in place so dark that suicide seems the best solution, it’s easy for them to think that they are doing everyone else a favour as well.

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