Robin Williams (1951-2014)

A few hours ago, I learned that a hero of mine, Robin Williams, passed away this morning. He was found in his home just before noon, dead of asphyxiation. It appears that he took his own life.

I have a Bachelor of the Arts in Theater. I have been an actor (in one form or another) since I was about 14. I was inspired to pursue that path in life by the performances that this wonderful man performed. Whether as a genie, a father posing as a nanny, or Peter Pan, he inspired me to become something more than I was.

The world was a happier place with him in it, and it will be a little dimmer for his passing. What breaks my heart the most is that this wonderful man, who brought so much happiness to so many people, died from sadness.

I feel like there are so many things I want to say about him, but the words just won’t come, so I’ll leave with this thought:

Seize the day. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die.

If you feel depressed, and are contemplating ending your life, please know that there are people to talk to, to help you through your struggles. If you live in the US, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For a list of additional resources, and numbers to call in other countries, please refer to this thread.