The representative of Robin Williams has released a statement to say that the actor suffered from depression. It was only last month that he entered rehab to help “fine-tune” his “continued commitment.”
The 63-year-old died from an apparent suicide possibly due to his depression. Police believe that it was death by asphyxia, but a post mortem will be carried out to find the true cause of death. This will also hopefully help his family members understand a little more about his death and how is possible depression caused it.
It is possible that the comedy legend had been suffering from depression for a number of decades. This is surprising to many who will remember him in hit TV shows and movies like Mork and Mindy, Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire.
There are now thoughts that his recent stint in rehab was actually to help him deal with his depression. It is a mental health condition that many do not want others to know they are battling as there is still a stigma around it. However, it can be extremely dangerous if left untreated. Williams is not the first to commit suicide due to this mental illness, if the reports really have released the facts.
When people say they are depressed on a daily basis, they usually mean that they are sad. It is clear that the word “depressed” has lost some of its meaning, which has led to some of the stigma surrounding it. However, Williams was suffering from the major illness depression, according to his family members and representatives.
There are no signs of use of alcohol or drugs as of yet. However, men who suffer from depression are more likely to abuse one or the other, or even both. During the 1970s, the actor did admit that he abused alcohol and cocaine, so there is a possibility that he turned back to them to help him deal with his recent state. No statements have been released about finding evidence of either around his home at the time of this death, but the post mortem examination will tell more.
It is difficult to say when his depression started. Eleven years ago, the Night at the Museum actor admitted that he felt afraid and alone. This may have been the start, but some suspect that it occurred much earlier and was partially the reason for abusing alcohol and drugs in the first place. In 2003, he gave up 20 years of sobriety and went back to drinking. However, his family staged an intervention and helped get him back on track.
The actor had a lot to look forward to over the coming months and years. He had agreed to reprise his role in a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire, and there were many other projects he was considering. There was no sign of the negativity on his social media profiles either; with his last tweet wishing his daughter a happy 25th birthday.
It is a sad day for the entertainment industry. A great actor has left the world. Williams’ death is reportedly suicide, and his family and representative say that he had been suffering from depression for some time.
By Alexandria Ingham