It was with great sadness that I heard about the death of Robin Williams by apparent suicide. He was one of those actors who was good at everything, from TV sitcoms to stand-up to drama. I was never disappointed as a fan. His death is tragic in many ways — it reminds us that even when it appears someone “has it all together,” the very real fact may be that they don’t.
I lost a friend earlier this year, also to apparent suicide. While not a public profile comedian and actor as Robin Williams, his suicide came as a similar shock to his family and friends. If you had known him or talked to him, you would never have known he was suffering from depression or any other illness that made him decide that taking his life was the only answer.