*As the world continues to mourn the sudden passing of one of the most beloved people in Hollywood, Robin Williams, new details were released at a press conference today, according to preliminary findings.
Lt. Keith Boyd of the Marin County’s Sheriff’s Office said that Williams was found in his home by his assistant, who became concerned when he did not answer the door after she knocked several times. The actor’s wife, Susan Schneider, had seen him around 10:30 the night before, and when she left about twelve hours later, assumed he was still asleep. She arrived back home after her husband was declared deceased.
According to the report, Williams died from “asphyxia due to hanging.”
He had apparently retired to a different bedroom than his wife, and his body was found in that room, positioned in a chair, with a belt that was wedged between the closet door and door frame tied around his neck. He was fully clothed and knife cuts were also visible on his left wrist; with a pocketknife close by.
Williams “was in a seated position slightly suspended off the ground,” Boyd said. “What that means is that his body looked like he was sitting in a chair.”
Many people may not realize that Williams was diagnosed bipolar, which means his mood swings were either high highs or low lows. No in-betweens. The comedy legend was very open about his bouts with drug and alcohol addiction, and it is well known that he recently spent time in rehab to “clean up.”
But what we will never know about are the personal demons that took Robin away from us. And while many will offer their opinions and judgments on how Robin chose to end his life, in reality, he is one of many people who struggle each day, moment by moment even, with the live or die dilemma.
Because life is indeed a bitch.
And while an easy conclusion may be mental illness, and granted, some people truly suffer from this, I just don’t know if its accurate to say that that everyone who considers this should be identified as such.
With all the reasons out there for people to be depressed, job loss, loss of property, loss of spouse or child, depression can, and does, happen to just about anyone at one point or another.
But here’s the thing…
Many times, we do see the signs. But because we are dealing with our own “stuff,” we are often at odds on how to help. What to do. And by the time its “convenient” to step up, it is usually too late.
No blame. Just reality.
Granted. There are no easy answers here, and Robin’s death may now become the catalyst for a greater conversation on what we need to do beyond feeling bad for someone. What we need to say to the person when we suspect I found the post below, by Sheila M. McKay, to be quite thoughtful on many levels.
At the press conference, Boyd said that a toxicology report will be done to determine if chemicals were present in Williams body at the time of his death. Once that is concluded, we can expect another press conference.