Robin Williams: The death of our captain

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Williams at the Happy Feet Two premiere in 2011 | Photo by Eva Rinaldi Photography via Flickr (

Photo by Eva Rinaldi Photography via Flickr

Williams at the Happy Feet Two premiere in 2011 | Photo by Eva Rinaldi Photography via Flickr (

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Robin Williams has died at age 63, and there is no one who has quite shaped the magic of the world through film like he has.

  • Chaplain Martin

    Thank you Laura,
    So many of use are sadden not only by the death by suicide of Robin Williams, but also sadden that a man that gave us many laughs and though provoking performances would be so depressed as to take his own life.

    I hope your appeal to those deeply depressed would cause them to seek out persons and/or counselors who listen to the pain.

  • “If you find yourself struggling with depression, know that you are not alone, and never hesitate to ask for help.

    This is the website for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or you can call 800.273.TALK.”

    Well done tribute! Poor guy!

  • Thank you for your kind words about Mr. Williams. I really like what you say here, Ms. Turner, though I would disagree slightly with one point.

    Yes, depression is a “real illness…just as real as any disease” – but it is _also_ “a battle to be won or lost” and “a mental condition to be overcome”. It’s not an either/or situation. In fact, clinical depression chemically produces mental conditions which must be battled, which must be overcome – even if only held at bay, one day at a time. Prescription medicine can be an indispensable tool to use in the fight, but it is a heavily-flawed one.

    My mother struggled with mental illness for much of her life, and I promise you that not only is it an illness, which should not be stigmatized – but it is a battle.

  • Neon Genesis

    Robin Williams was someone I grew up watching and always made me smile when I watched his films. It was so shocking and heartbreaking to learn about all that he was going through.

  • Fran

    What a sad loss of such a hilarious, stupendous and good-hearted man!! I grew up watching Mork and Mindy, cried with my Dad watching Dead Poet’s Society and laughed wholeheartedly watching Mrs. Doubtfire.

    Although he committed suicide, it is obvious that he was going through severe depression, a terrible disease that needs to be conquered. In that state, it is difficult to have proper control of one’s mind. The fact remains that he was a meek and caring person during his life.

    Robin may have the hope of resurrection back to life on earth, to be reunited with the plethora of family and friends who love and miss him now (Acts. 24:15; John 5:28,29), which will ultimately be decided by God’s kingdom or heavenly government. If realized, I will give him a humongous hug!!!

    Eventually, all sickness and disease, including depression, will be done away with by God’s kingdom, along with old age and death (Revelation 21:1-4).

  • Diogenes

    I have been personally acquainted with nine suicides and have struggled with suicidal thoughts of my own, a function of clinical depression. It never gets any less painful when one hears of a suicide. I have been most troubled by Christian suicides, of whom I have known two. As a Christian I would typically argue that faith should sustain one through the most difficult of circumstances, but that appears not to always be the case. For my own part, despair seems to be the primary negative emotion associated with suicide, the emotive sense that things will just not get any better. A tragedy indeed.

  • Diogenes

    Let me add my sincere regrets for Robin, and for the pain of his surviving family.

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  • Davetta Wells

    Thank you for restoring and elevating Christians again to followers of Christ….this is such a kind, compassionate, Christ-like article. Thank you for your kindness.

  • Mike Bennion

    Dear Laura,

    I sincerely mourn the death of a great talent and a worthwhile human being in the death of Robin Williams, but I hesitate to give him the title “Captain.” Humans, despite best intentions tend to imperfections. I do not think that Mr. Williams would want us to follow where he went, and a “captain” is a leader. I would not follow a path that led to the solution to his depression that he chose. I say this not to detract from his contributions but to say that we need a higher captain.

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  • Rose

    I lost my son 18 months ago the same way as Robin. It is the worst emotion a mother can experience. I wrote at the end of my sons eulogy If I could give you one thing in life I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then would you realize how special you are to me .

  • miss cangetdown

    I interpreted these comments as addressing the “suck it up” or “win that battle and get over it” attitude rather than denying that it truly is a battle and an authentic mental condition. Thank you for this supportive article that brings comfort through understanding!

  • Janice Reid

    I will miss this man’s contributions to our world. He filled so many of our lives with humor and entertained us all. He was a great human being. I pray to God he knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and look forward to the day we are all together again with our Lord Jesus in Heaven. All forgiven and healed. Amen

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