By now, Robin Williams’ death is no longer news. But people are still talking about the actor and his achievements all over the internet. Even while I’m at work, it’s easy to come by a conversation about what the best Robin Williams movie is. Usually when their is a celebrity death it is talked about for a day or two, but I don’t see this happening to Robin Williams. Now on the fourth day, he is still a hot topic for discussion whether it be how sad it is or how great he is.
Unfortunately Robin Williams won’t hear any of this. But I think it’s a great thing to discuss. The fact that his death hit so many people creating such a wide, open dialogue about him and the dangers of suffering from depression might help future would-be suicides. When people see how suicide does nothing but create sadness and hear how odd it sounds for someone so universally loved to do such a thing - hopefully this sends a message that no matter how low you feel, you are stilled loved by someone and that depression is a very real thing.
Suicide not only hurt Robin Williams, but it hurt everyone who ever enjoyed his movies. His extended family he may or may not have realized existed. Memorials ranged from a bench from the film “Good Will Hunting" to a new character in the popular World of Warcraft game. So many different people were affected and the wide range of memorials show just how many people he touched through his talent and personality.
Robin Williams chose to take his life, but hopefully his words will convince someone to rethink taking their own and simply enjoy it.