I was shocked when I learned from a small TV monitor at the gym that Robin Williams died today. A preliminary investigation ruled it suicide due to asphyxia. He was battling depression, and a month before had been in a rehab center to treat a recurring alcohol addiction, which he’d been sober from for 20 years. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family.
His role as Sean in “Good Will Hunting” touched me profoundly. I watched the movie tonight with my wife as tribute. His honesty and openness is as apparent on screen as the deep pain and sorrow which plagues him. He deserved the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. I also enjoyed him in “Dead Poet’s Society,” how he inspired me to believe that people are meant to be themselves, ultimately free, and that the purpose of an education is to learn to carve from a dark world the sparks of light in people’s lives, and in our own.
I will truly miss Robin Williams. Thank you for all the joy you brought to people!