The world remains shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Robin Williams on Monday. He passed away in his home in Tiburon, in Northern California. He suffered from severe depression. It was a disease Robin struggled with for decades. Alcohol and drugs were also major battles for him.
Robin Williams was only 63. You immediately think of his family. Their pain. You think of the pain Robin Williams himself must have experienced for years and years, even as he made people laugh, even as he lifted their spirits.
Today is a day to remember Robin Williams as a person. He entertained us all, yes. But the private war he fought was unimaginable to those of us who, thank heavens, haven't been there. I don't have a clue about how rough it must have been for him or the millions of others who suffer with addiction or depression.
Thankfully Robin did let us in on the hell he endured. He allowed us to see him as a person beyond his excellent career. And that, aside from the countless hours he spent helping millions, was one of his greatest gifts.
If you have depression it is imperative to seek help. You may be in such a position that you can't afford to, or are so severely afflicted as to not recognize that help is available. Help, however, is.
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Omar P.L. Moore is the editor of The Popcorn Reel movie review website. He can be reached on Twitter @popcornreel, on YouTube at youtube.com/popcornreel or via email at email@example.com. He is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle