Growing up, one of the six or so VHS tapes that occupied our living room wall cabinet was ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’. This heart-warming comedy of a man going to insane lengths, even turning himself into a deep-voiced, silver-haired nanny, to keep his family together was built to melt the hardest of hearts. Even as he goofed around in the fake boobs and stockings, there was a genuine desire in Daniel Hillard to make things right with his kids and wife. The same could be said of the real life Daniel, Robin Williams.
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Battle with substance abuse
He may have goofed around with drugs and alcohol, but he was making a great effort to get, and stay, clean. Sensing a relapse after 20 years of sobriety, he bravely checked himself back into rehab in 2006, and again this summer. But wrestling back his life from substance abuse was not the only battle Williams was fighting. There was another war going on behind that infectious smile and the award-winning performances. “He has been battling severe depression of late,” Mara Buxbaum, the late actor’s media representative revealed. This is believed to be behind William’s apparent suicide in his north California home on Monday afternoon. Marin County police issued a statement attributing the death to self-inflicted asphyxiation. What makes the five-time Grammy Award winner’s death more difficult to process is that it comes at a time he seemed to have found happiness in his third marriage and had many irons in the fire career-wise.
A guy who cared about people
As the news of the evergreen Williams’ death is received with shock around the world, tributes have been flooding in from all corners. People from the high and mighty to the humble have filled media outlets and social networks with messages of what the comedian extraordinaire meant to them. Superstar talk show host Larry King remembers Williams as “not just a funny man, but a guy who cared about people.” Robin’s work with Comic Relief to help the homeless was testament to this. Different folks will remember him differently, but I will remember Williams as the man who gave me a laugh when I needed it. What is your favorite memory of Robin?
Miami Based, Internationally Known