This afternoon took a sad turn as the world was told (via various news sources) that comedic genius and brilliant actor Robin Williams died today at the young age of 63 .
Nerdship, I am in shock. I never thought my heart would ache as much as it does for someone that I never actually knew. I never had the ability to meet Mr. Williams in person and for that I am at a loss. He was one of my childhood heroes and the world has lost someone truly special. He had such a marvelous range in both his acting and comedic abilities. There will never be anyone like him. He brought a light to the world that will never be replaced. He taught everyone how to fly, to embrace the inner kid in us all, to laugh about the little things, to be awesome, to love Shakespeare, to see life from other people’s eyes, to stand up for your beliefs, and to rock out to “Dude Looks Like a Lady.” He has inspired millions of aspiring actors and comedians and even though he has left this world physically, his legacy will continue.
Williams wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider sent a written statement to CNN through the representative on today’s events.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.
“On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
I cannot agree more with Schneider’s statement to focus on the good rather than the sorrow. In a world filled with technology we are able to relive the joy and happiness that Williams has brought to the world. We will be able to share his characters, like the Genie and Mrs. Doubtfire, with our children and their children’s children. And for that I am grateful.
Now I need to take a moment to talk about something that shouldn’t be taken lightheartedly: Robin fought and won a lot of battles throughout the years but his greatest battle was lost today. Though it has not been officially declared, his media specialist, Mara Buxbaum told the media that he has been “dealing with severe depression of late.” Depression affects over 17.5 million people. Chances are you know someone who is battling depression, and you might not even realize it. Over two-thirds of people suffering with depression do not seek treatment. Many times they do not think that they’re truly affected by it or because they are embarrassed or ashamed. Depression is a documented illness. If you are dealing with depression, please, please talk with someone. You are not alone and you do not have to go through it alone. Depression isn’t like a cold where you can just take a few pills and everything gets better in a week. Medication can help with balancing the chemical imbalances internally, it is something that requires the support from friends and family. You can overcome it. I’m not going to sugarcoat it and say that it will be easy… because it isn’t… BUT it does get better. Depression is dangerous and if you are feeling low or severely depressed please talk with someone. Call 1-800-273-TALK or click here for more information. Your life is worth more than everything in the world. We think you are awesome! Nanu Nanu.