Williams' passing hit me like a ton of bricks. I saw the breaking news on NBC and immediately uttered something that I'm not going to repeat here. Once I heard that it was suicide, I was even more devastated. Why would anyone so talented take their own life? It's simply one of the worst ways to die. I knew that Williams had suffered from depression and alcoholism, but I didn't know that it was still going on. It's just sad that he felt like he couldn't go to anyone for help this time, especially since he's been so open about discussing his issues in the past. If you ever feel like there's no way out, just remember the people who love you. Life is too beautiful to waste.
But in the end, just like with Philip Seymour Hoffman, I won't remember Williams for the way he died. I'll remember him for all the great movies he made and the way he made people across the globe laugh. Some of his great movies, I still need to watch. Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society are all on my immediate watchlist. I feel bad that I haven't seen them before this. But I have seen many of his films and they were definitely part of my childhood. Night at the Museum is still a very good movie and his performance as Teddy Roosevelt is great. He's also one of my favorite voice actors and he made the Genie the most memorable character in Aladdin.
I wish that Williams had known how much the world loved him. We certainly will miss him now. Rest in Peace, Robin Williams.