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#1 Aug 11 2014 at 5:07 PM Rating: Good
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Actor Robin Williams was found dead from an apparent suicide in his Tiburon, California home earlier today. He was 63. From the Marin County Sheriff's Department:

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On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff's Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff's Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications.


Williams's publicist released a statement this afternoon confirming the actor's death:

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"Robin Williams passed away this morning. 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."


We'll update as more information becomes available.


I guess you can't self-medicate with laughter. Smiley: frown
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#2 Aug 11 2014 at 5:20 PM Rating: Good
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Well that's kind of sad. Smiley: frown
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#3 Aug 11 2014 at 5:51 PM Rating: Decent
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Wow, that's one of the last people I'd expect suicide from. Had no idea he was struggling.

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I am just seriously bummed out about this.

Depression is a real ************. It took me almost 10 years to admit that I couldn't best it on my own and to go get help. I still battle it every day, with meds, with therapy. It hangs there even on the best of days, just outside your reach, in your peripheral vision. Mental illness is serious business.

It makes me think of The Sopranos, when Tony is in therapy. He says something along the lines of "I find I have to be the sad clown: laughing on the outside, crying on the inside".

I hope you're finally at peace, Mr. Williams.
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Great actor, good comedian.
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Depression is a real **** It took me almost 10 years to admit that I couldn't best it on my own and to go get help. I still battle it every day, with meds, with therapy. It hangs there even on the best of days, just outside your reach, in your peripheral vision. Mental illness is serious business.
The most frustrating part is how there's nothing obviously wrong. It's pretty clear that someone in a wheelchair isn't going to walk up some stairs but with mental illness there's no clear sign, nothing that signals to others or to yourself that yeah, some things that are simple for most people are hell for you so you get people trying to cheer you up which is like cheering on someone in a wheelchair to get up those stairs...



edit: I am not having hell censored, f*ck that.

Edited, Aug 12th 2014 1:37pm by Aethien
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Post-Mork he didn't do much for me as an entertainer, but he made a lot of people laugh ..a lot.

That's a mighty-fine contribution to this oft sullen world.

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I guess you can't self-medicate with laughter.


You probably can, but he hadn't been funny in 25 years.
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The only tiniest silver lining from this is that we'll be spared Mrs. Doubtfire 2. Probably.

I'm sad about this, but not to the wailing and gnashing of teeth extent that so many of my friends are. I always preferred Bill Cosby's sense of comedic timing. Smiley: frown
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Well bummer, sad to see him go, especially like that. Smiley: frown

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Depression is a real **** It took me almost 10 years to admit that I couldn't best it on my own and to go get help. I still battle it every day, with meds, with therapy. It hangs there even on the best of days, just outside your reach, in your peripheral vision. Mental illness is serious business.
The most frustrating part is how there's nothing obviously wrong. It's pretty clear that someone in a wheelchair isn't going to walk up some stairs but with mental illness there's no clear sign, nothing that signals to others or to yourself that yeah, some things that are simple for most people are hell for you so you get people trying to cheer you up which is like cheering on someone in a wheelchair to get up those stairs...
Or when they do know there's something wrong with you they're not sure at all what to do about it, how to react to it. It's an area there isn't much public exposure to, and many people simply don't have a clue what it means. You get them oscillating between "but you look just fine" and "you're not going to blow up a bus are you?" in their reactions.

I prefer the latter personally; it's not without its benefits.
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I guess you can't self-medicate with laughter.


You probably can, but he hadn't been funny in 25 years.

Oh come on, Death to Smoochy was great!
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The only tiniest silver lining from this is that we'll be spared Mrs. Doubtfire 2.


His stand-up comedy was a little too hyper for me, but I grew up with so many of his movies it's like losing some of that childhood innocence.
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I guess you can't self-medicate with laughter.


You probably can, but he hadn't been funny in 25 years.

Oh come on, Death to Smoochy was great!




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I guess you can't self-medicate with laughter.


You probably can, but he hadn't been funny in 25 years.


The episode of Who's Line he was on disagrees with you. I don't think Robin Williams ever lost the ability to be funny and make others laugh. I think doing so eventually ceased to be sufficiently self gratifying to keep his demons at bay. His comedy always had a desperate quality to it, which I suppose made it both brilliant and ultimately tragic.
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Having struggled with Depression for years and having spent the last two years trying to help my partner cope with her PTSD, Depression and Anxiety, this hits really close to home. There was a long period of time where I was afraid I would come home from work to find her having done herself in, and this brings how I felt then back to me. If anything good comes of this, hopefully it will be that more people will wake up and pay attention to mental illnesses, and maybe more will be done to help those who suffer from them than has been being done.
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So hey, there went Lauren Bacall. This thread is a bit too active.
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Who will be the third?

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Since Catwho brought him up, probably Bill Cosby.
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Oh come on, Death to Smoochy was great!


That's probably true. I find Ed Norton pretty much unwatchable, so I didn't see it.
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I've been saying Kirk Douglas for 15 years now, just playing the odds, but that tough ************ keeps hanging on.
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Since Catwho brought him up, probably Bill Cosby.


I'll call out sick from work and cry into a dozen boxes of Jello pudding pops all day when he goes. Smiley: crymore
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Oh come on, Death to Smoochy was great!


That's probably true. I find Ed Norton pretty much unwatchable, so I didn't see it.

Really? I found the best part about Smoochy was following it up with American History X.
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Oh come on, Death to Smoochy was great!


That's probably true. I find Ed Norton pretty much unwatchable, so I didn't see it.

Really? I found the best part about Smoochy was following it up with American History X.

What? American History X was 4 years prior. But Death to Smoochy really is great. All time underrated movie.
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No, I meant, watching the two movies back to back.
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Who will be the third?
T'pring.

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Los Angeles (CNN) -- Actress Arlene Martel, who "Star Trek" fans know as Spock's bride-to-be, died in a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday of complications from a heart attack, her son said. Martel was 78.
Martel's ethnic ambiguity earned her the nickname "The Chameleon" among Hollywood casting directors in the 1960s, son Jod Kaftan told CNN.
It gained her diverse roles, including as a Russian spy on "The Monkees" and "I Dream of Jeannie," a French Underground operative in "Hogan's Heroes," a Native American woman in a "Gunsmoke" episode and as a Vulcan on "Star Trek."
Trekkies still lined up at sci-fi conventions to meet Martel and pay for autographs because of her role as T'Pring, the Vulcan priestess engaged to Spock in the first episode of the iconic show's second season.
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I recognize her from her Star Trek character, but she's relatively unknown.

Does she count?
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I recognize her from her Star Trek character, but she's relatively unknown.

Does she count?
Only if we're accepting the opinion of Trekkies.
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Well, we did just recently lose James Garner, so if you insist on seeing patterns....
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