Robin Williams' death came as a shock to millions of fans, his friends and family when it was announced Monday night. The Oscar winning actor and comedian had been battling alcoholism and depression for years and has been in and out of rehab. Williams never hid his disease and spoke openly about it. While many have praised the accomplishments of Williams over the last 24 hours, some in the right-wing media have taken a different approach.
During Tuesday's broadcast of the "Rush Limbaugh Show," host Rush Limbaugh blamed Williams suicide on the pressure of a "leftist political" attitude.
“What is the left’s world view in general? If you had to attach, not a philosophy, but an attitude to a leftist world view. It’s one of pessimism, and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they? They’re animated in large part by the false promises of America because the promises of America are not for everyone.”
Limbaugh continued, claiming that Williams had grown guilty of seeing many of his celebrity friends who had passed away, and that the pressure from " political leftists" drew him to his untimely death.
"Robin Williams felt guilty that he was still alive while his three friends had died young, and much earlier than he had...He could never get over the guilt that they died and he didn't...Well, that is a constant measurement that is made by political leftists in judging the country.”
Limbaugh isn't the only person in the right wing media who has taken shots at Williams. During a broadcast on Fox News Monday night, anchor Shepard Smith referred to Williams as a "coward" for taking his own life, but has since offered clarification and an apology. Robin Williams was 63 years old at the time of his death and recently signed on for a sequel to his hit film "Mrs. Doubtfire."