Gone Too Soon – Robin Williams – 1951 – 2014
Upon rising in the morning, after meditating and listening to the birds on my patio, I bring my morning coffee and newspaper out with me for an update on what’s been happened in the world while I was sleeping.
The news this morning was about the apparent suicide, causing the death, of comedian and actor Robin Williams. A long time sufferer of alcoholism and severe depression he succumbed to this terrible burden.
Robin Williams was best known for his starring roles in classic comedies like “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Jumanji,” but also for his acclaimed dramas such as “Dead Poets Society.” He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Sean Maguire in “Good Will Hunting.” He rose to fame while playing Mork the alien in the TV show “Mork & Mindy,” a “Happy Days” spinoff. In “Dead Poets Society,” Williams plays John Keating, an electric English teacher at an elite all-boys high school. 2014©Huff post
His wife, Susan Sneider, released the following “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. 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 that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
I couldn’t agree more with her words. He was a brilliant actor and comedian. He was a genius at his craft and in his unique way of bringing us to places of laughter. His body of work should be his epitaph not his tragic ending. He’s left a huge whole in the hearts of many.
one word to describe
a mountain of pain
one word to steal the light
from a person’s soul
and leave them cold
gray landscape alone
and searching for something
they couldn’t even name
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August 31, 2014 at 7:02 pm
Wonderful tribute of a funny man who somehow couldn’t find the same delight in life which he brought to countless others. Depression isn’t to be taken lightly. It’s a struggle that can grab one by the throat…and in its grip…one surrenders to darkness. If allowed…
August 15, 2014 at 6:21 am
He was a great actor and comedian indeed. Great post and tribute Issy. ♥ Hugs ♥
August 15, 2014 at 11:47 am
It’s sad when we hear of these things happening. I hope he’s found the peace he
was searching for and was never able to find. ❤
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August 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm
His death reminds me how much of humor is an adept veneer for deep despair. This saddens me–me and millions of others… 😦
August 14, 2014 at 2:20 am
When the loss of an actor or comedian is announced on the news, we feel the loss
due to their ability to have draw us into their body of work.
I hope his suicide opens the dialog to bring this disease out of the closet.
August 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm
Yes. When my dad killed himself, it was all hush hush and embarrassment. My mom still worries that people will think she was a bad wife because he decided to kill himself. I can’t convince her otherwise…
August 15, 2014 at 11:52 am
The aftermath left behind is never known to them. The family, friends and acquaintances feel
lost and left with many questions. I suppose their pain is beyond reasoning out those things that will happen after they’re gone. Dperession is a dialog people should be having as it’s happening more often than ever.
August 13, 2014 at 9:21 am
‘Gone too soon’… a great loss indeed. Beautiful tribute, my dear Isadora.
August 14, 2014 at 2:21 am
I wish I had not had to write it. He was great at what he did but very sad, too.
August 13, 2014 at 2:49 am
depression is really a silent killer.. it is just so tragic that a person who we all knew as funny had deep loneliness inside .. he made great movies that could never be forgotten .. it’s just so sad that he left too soon
August 14, 2014 at 2:24 am
I agree with your comment on this subject. Unfortunately, even with medication, drug and alcohol support, caring people and counseling it doesn’t always bring the right results. Too sad … 😩
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August 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm
dear Isadora, you = “raised by a mother who had severe depression and was plagued with paranoid schizophrenia” and me (my mother made suicide too, so I understood, that depression is a severe danger) – we know what we are talking about. “F” for FINAL DAY should be more often a topic of writing. Many years I put my focus on suicide, trying to understand the structure of the process – and searching for techniques to change a depressive state of mind. At first I read with interest American psychiatrists’ books with focus on behaviorism. Much more efficient was, what I read in my psychoanalytic library: from Freud via Adler to Karen Horney or Otto F. Kernberg. I wrote many essays about famous people who made suicide. Nevertheless the public is shocked, if it happens again. No restriction on this topic, not any kind of censorship: we only have the chance to learn, if we are free to talk and write about things inside a mind! In Germany the people learned a lot, when the widow of a famous soccer star (who made suicide) went to many TV-talk-shows to break the silence! P.S.: the stats of my more than 2,000 wordpress posts daily present as my most read article the one about “suicide by charcoal grill” – I hope, they find people to talk with, before the act in panic…
August 14, 2014 at 2:38 am
Your words express what many who try to understand feel but cannot communicate due to stigma or lack of knowledge. Research and reading everything that is out there to read or counseling or love from friends or family can’t change the desire to know …. why!!! It is a disease. Perhaps, with this tragedy more dialog to find answers will begin. Depression has been around for too long. Thank you, Frizz, for saying what I feel deeply about on this subject.
August 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm
Oh Issy, there is just too much sadness recently!
August 14, 2014 at 2:26 am
Yes, Gilly. The news as of late has many tumultuous and sad things recently. We need some positive things too. 😩
August 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm
Carpe Diem. The Dead Poet’s Society was his best work and showed this lovely man’s depth. There is always a time to leave this plane, to get back home, to refresh ………. Robin found his, no matter the pain that caused him to leave us. A brilliant soul who knew too much …………….
August 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm
He was very well-rounded in his body of work.
The Dead Poets Society showcased that.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 😊
August 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm
August 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm
enjoyed this reflection!
sad Robin did not realize he was much more than hurt feelings
August 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm
Thank you for stopping by. I’m pleased you were able to read something that helped you to understand the man behind the sadness. : )
August 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm
I was shocked and saddened to read about Robin Williams death. Thank you for sharing your thoughtful poem.
August 12, 2014 at 4:08 pm
People in the public eye become, in a strange way, people we feel we know. Their loss touches us because of that. It must put a tremendous burden on them to be perfect and flawless when in reality they are just like us – human. Thank you for stopping by, Naomi, and leaving your very nice comment. : )
August 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm
So true, Izzy–and beautifully said.
August 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm
I have seen depression at work on the human soul – not pretty. It requires more understanding.
August 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm
I was raised by a mother who had severe depression and was plagued with paranoid schizophrenia. I have first hand knowledge of how it can be overwhelming to all who are in the person’s life. Much more information and research should be going on for this illness that has devastating effects on everyone who touch the life of a person with this illness.
I couldn’t agree with you more. Thank you for your insightful comment. : )
August 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm
A well written post- with a few typos, but probably written while still in shock. My only qualm, and possibly mine alone, is to tie a man’s death into a wordpress challenge or word of the day, Please do not print this if I have offended you. I did not mean to!
August 12, 2014 at 3:01 pm
No offense taken on this comment. One thing about opinions is that they belong to the writer. I appreciate your stopping by. Thank you for leaving your well written comment.
August 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm
you made me upload this: