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A COMEDIC LOSS IN THE FORCE:ROBIN WILLIAMS DEAD AT 63.

(NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM) ..COMING SOON WITH BEN STILLER AND ROBIN WILLIAMS)
 Much like ripples that  were cast in the dimension called “THE FORCE” in  the sci-fi hit, Star Wars, a comedic loss in the “FORCE” has left a void—-IN OUR HEARTS—-Robin Williams, according to Haven Daley and Hillel Italie of the San Francisco  Associated Press is dead of an apparent suicide by asphyxia at 63 years of age. Williams, who ascended to the top of the comedic world from the fumes of his 70’s show as Mork on the smash hit sitcom “Mork and Mindy”, struggled for years from depression and addictions to drugs and alcohol, won an Academy Award in 1987, for his role as Dr. Sean McGuire, in “Good Will Hunting.  In addition to being survived by  his wife, Susan Schneider, and  children, according to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Robin left many projects on the shelf,  including a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire, in his drag legendary role as  Mrs. Doubtfire. NBC news writer, Maria Elena Fernandez, http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/robin-williams-death/robin-williams-dies-apparent-suicide-n178176, said that  the coroner’s department of Marin County Sheriff’s Office pronounced him dead today after his wife, Susan Schneider made an emergency call around noon (3 p.m. ET) today.

 

The one thought that bursts throughout my entire being is, “You had it all man why would and couldn’t you feel happy and not have killed yourself”! I am sure that many wish they had the fame, and talent of Robin Williams. Something that one should consider about addiction is that drug abuse is a sickness. Interestingly enough, There are some pastors that—–Dr.Charles Stanley, InTouch Ministries—– that say that addiction is a “spiritual condition” not a physical malady! I believe that it is a combination of illness and spiritual bankruptcy that leads to addiction, and ultimately to suicide. All one need do is look at the overwhelming evidence, and news stories, of millionaires who are totally unhappy to infer this point! Consider the suicides of All-Pro San Diego Linebacker, Junior Seau;, the suicide of Soul Train’s former CEO, Don Cornelius; actress Brittney Murphy; Then let’s also consider the suicide of millionaire director of The smash hit movies, Top Gun, The Hunger, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, The Fan, Enemy of the State—– brother of director Ridley Scott——-Tony Scott, who jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, 9:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2012. Sources reveal that he left no “real” reason as to why he chose to kill himself———yes combo attact !

There are quite a few accidental overdoses that permeated the news over the years , and quite possibly it is because of over medication. Unlike Robin’s self inflicted death, these poor folks, in my opinion, suffered from an inability to shake pain; So they shackled themselves to drugs. Similarly, on 8-28-2012,  YouYoung Lee, of The Huffington Post, in her article, “Celebrity Overdoses: Deaths HighLight Prescription, Drug Epidemic, quotes Ben Levenson, founder of Origins Recovery Center in what seems to ring true to what I just said. YouYoung wrote, ‘And then there are the doctors. According to Levenson, ‘it isn’t just corrupt Dr. Feelgoods who are over-prescribing drugs to addicts. “You have these well-intentioned physicians who don’t have a clue about the neurochemistry of addiction, who are literally causing a prescription pad relapse,” he said Americans gained insight into the world of such excessively generous medical professionals during the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal physician, who allegedly administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the late pop star in June 2009. Two years after Jackson died, Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison by the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Portrayal of Murray throughout the six-week trial ranged from a sympathetic doctor who cured the troubled singer of his much-maligned insomnia to an incompetent professional who was a danger to society.Similarly, the exhaustively documented travails of celebrity addicts offer some insights into the mentality of everyday addicts. Even those who seem to have everything — talent, fame, money — can fall victim to destructive, potentially fatal patterns. “Celebrity coexists with addiction. It’s the perfect storm. There are certain dynamics at play in the addicted celebrity that make recovery exceptionally challenging: entitlement, self-centeredness, self-absorption,” Levenson said, “.

(PAM DAWBER AND ROBIN WILLIAMS)-SMASH 70’S HIT , “MORK AND MINDY””.

 (PAM DAWBER AND ROBIN WILLIAMS)-SMASH 70’S HIT , “MORK AND MINDY””.

What does all of this mean? I am not a psychiatrist but I feel that one must recognize the signs of depression and expecially if it’s attached to substance abuse, and get help immediately. Whether by doctor, priest, pastor, rehab, prayer, just get help!!!! Certainly, William’s talent will be missed and his incredible spirit within his comedic genius also, but the most important aspect to consider is that he was a human and now he is deceased. What could have been done? I remember the late great latino comedian, Freddie Prinze. I admired him. His genius was increidlbe. He told, warned, and like a mantra insisted that he would kill himself, and along with his cocaine problem, it ultimately brought his self inflicted gun shot DEATH to the head into fruition. At the website,http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-recognizing-signs-of-suicide, suicide is addressed and the issues that affect it, along with help solutions are presented. Rest in Peace Robin Williams, as you inspired, helped and brought so much joy to zillions. I will never forget the “Hello” of Mrs. Doubtfire . Sail on to Heaven our friend!! The info from http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-recognizing-signs-of-suicide is as  follows:

Recognize the Warning Signs of Suicide

 

Depression Health Center

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Recognize the Warning Signs of Suicide

SUICIDE WARNING — Depression carries a high risk of suicide. Anybody who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very seriously. Do not hesitate to call your local suicide hotline immediately. Call 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or the deaf hotline at 800-799-4889.

The best way to minimize the risk of suicide is to know the risk factors and to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Take these signs seriously. Know how to respond to them. It could save someone’s life.

 

How Prevalent Is Suicide?

Suicide is a potentially preventable public health problem. In 2009, the last year for which statistics are available, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. That year, there were nearly 37,000 suicides, and 1 million people attempted suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Men take their lives nearly four times the rate of women, accounting for 79% of suicides in the U.S.

Are There Risk Factors for Suicide?

Risk factors for suicide vary by age, gender, and ethnic group. And risk factors often occur in combinations.

Over 90% of people who die by suicide have clinical depression or another diagnosable mental disorder. Many times, people who die by suicide have a substance abuse problem. Often they have that problem in combination with other mental disorders.

Adverse or traumatic life events in combination with other risk factors, such as clinical depression, may lead to suicide. But suicide and suicidal behavior are never normal responses to stress.

Other risk factors for suicide include:

  • One or more prior suicide attempts
  • Family history of mental disorder or substance abuse
  • Family history of suicide
  • Family violence
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Keeping firearms in the home
  • Chronic physical illness, including chronic pain
  • Incarceration
  • Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others

 

Are There Warning Signs of Suicide?

Warning signs that someone may be thinking about or planning to commit suicide include:

  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Clinical depression — deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating — that gets worse
  • Having a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
  • Saying things like “it would be better if I wasn’t here” or “I want out”
  • Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Talking about suicide or killing one’s self
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

Be especially concerned if a person is exhibiting any of these warning signs and has attempted suicide in the past. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, between 20% and 50% of people who commit suicide have had a previous attempt.

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