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August 11, 2014 - 4:02 pm

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office has just reported that actor Robin Williams is dead. The full press release from the coroner’s office:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

According to IMDb, Williams had wrapped up filming on a Night at the Museum sequel.

Williams’ publicist, Mara Buxbaum, released a statement saying the comedian “has been battling severe depression as of late.”

“This is a tragic and sudden loss,” Buxbaum said. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

UPDATE 8:45 p.m.: President Obama issued a statement: “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.  But he was one of a kind.  He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.  He made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.  The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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In all likelihood, Williams was bipolar.

Politics doesn't cause that, brain chemistry does.

How dare you ascribe to "leftism" something that torments people on all sides of the political spectrum, all religions, and all races.

You couldn't have waited a week?

Cripes!
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Yes. Obama is a very classy guy. He almost cares as much when Christians are buried alive in Iraq.

Almost.
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Williams dies and Obama comments on the same day, within hours.

Chris Kyle gets killed helping a fellow vet and....*crickets*...
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There is nothing worse than this kind of clinical depression. It's a horrible black pit and makes no sense at all. Not to those in it, not to those that love them, it's just pain and senselessness. Robin Williams was clearly trying very hard to survive. He medicated himself with legal and illegal drugs and fought very hard. This will never make any kind if rational sense, it's just sad and painful. I hope his loved ones understand how little control he had at the end.
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Some people are like Ferraris rather than Toyotas. Far more maintenance is necessary and, if not done, they break down much sooner and much more often.

Seems like he didn't get that care from AA (no surprise at that. Cults don't nurture mental health; only pathological dependency), nor from the American dependance on AA's ideological lock on the American health care system.

More on AA and the 12-Step philosophy — one of their more quoted scriptures in their catechism;

"Rarely have we seen a person fail who has *truly* followed our path." (emphasis mine) This is just one cornerstone of their belief system that is like this. Another is surrounding yourself only with other people successful in "recovery". Another is insistence on getting a "sponsor" who, in reality is just a "minder". These are, coincidentally, hallmarks of cults (don't buy that? Google it).

See how that first example sets up a post hoc ergo propter hoc reasoning? Circular reasoning at it's finest. Studies have *repeatedly* shown that adherence to AA dogma and meetings (or their various offshoots for drug problems/addictions) have VIRTUALLY NO AFFECT on outcomes (go ahead; google it. I dare you). When I taught at National University I had and entire 2-hour lecture devoted to this with overhead charts, graphs, figures and facts from those studies. My students were *shocked* when the truth was presented to them, so complete and accepted is the brainwashing of the AA narrative. The ones who couldn't see the truth through the narrative had nothing but anecdotal accounts and attach vitriol in their attempt to counter the clear reality of numbers. They were few and the rest of the class saw right through their attempts at self-justification. 

Mind-altering chemical use, as Robin exhibited, is a function of depression, not a cause. It is simply and purely a self-medication behavior to forget/numb the pain, which overwhelms one's mind, love, life and sense of being, free will and autonomy. Depression degrades and destroys the very nature of being human. It makes one into an animal, not on the outside, but where it truly counts, in the innermost being by negating free will.

Drugs and alcohol allows one to escape that mental and psychic agony. Depression is not just a learned behavior, it is also an inherited one. The tendency towards substance abuse and depression are intertwined but I am convinced (through these studies and my time spent in teaching and psychological social services) that depression is more the cause than the symptom, which is why AA doesn't work any better than rational reflection and, say joining a church or another support group that encourages fact-based, deliberate self-reflection and determination to change.
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 Dr. Keith Ablow on 8/12/2014 is on the money:

Robin Williams, a comic genius and one of the great storytellers of our time, apparently chose to end his life because he could not see the next chapter of his own story as containing anything other than unbearable psychological pain.

Such is the power of depression – an affliction is almost unimaginable to those who have not suffered with it -- to twist the truth into something unrecognizable. For the truth is that there were many new and wonderful pages awaiting Robin Williams; he just couldn't imagine them. He couldn't believe the darkness would ever end.

Depression is always, to an extent, a psychotic illness. It steals reality -- which is, in large measure, defined by the completely justifiable hope in tomorrow's possibilities -- and replaces it with a world in which one doubts his or her abilities, discounts to zero his or her past successes, doubts love, doubts friendship and doubts God.

In its worst forms, it is much more than profound sadness; it is the conviction that nothing good will ever occur, sometimes coupled with horrific and constant anxiety that something unspeakably terrible is about to happen--in a minute, or this very night, or tomorrow.

If life is, for all of us, a labyrinth, with sometimes frustrating twists and turns on the way to the center, depression makes life seem, instead, like a never-ending and inescapable maze, with dead ends, frustrations and traps in every direction.

This scourge affected 17 - 20 million adults in the last year alone. Suicide is epidemic now. And our mental health care system is in ruins, so unable to respond that cities are spending tens of millions to build nets under their bridges to catch

I have treated a billionaire who was convinced, with no basis, whatsoever, that his investments were all crumbling and that he was about to be bankrupt.  

I have treated an actor who believed that he had ruined his marriage forever by a prior indiscretion and should do the right thing and kill himself, when his marriage remained as strong as ever, despite the lapse.  

I have treated a college student who could not leave her room, then not even the bed, so paralyzing was her low energy, coupled with fea
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Here's a great take on depression from Michael Potemra at NRO that perfectly describes what I mean:

"...picture [a] malevolent, anonymous force, trying to break someone’s spirit — only he actually lives inside that person, has the person’s own intelligence, and therefore knows that person’s faults with infinite specificity and can use them to destroy him. That is depression, an inner hateful comboxer — and that is what lived inside Robin Williams and destroyed him. What’s remarkable is that not that he eventually collapsed, but that he managed to live to the age of 63."
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What our dear prez said regarding the impact Robin Williams has had on "all" of our lives included the term "marginalized on our streets"... this is the man's true view of humanity.. this term means "(a person, group, or concept) as insignificant or peripheral"... NONE OF US ARE INSIGNIFICANT, MR PRESIDENT... that being said, my condolences and prayers go out to the family and dear friends of Robin... Prayers for comfort and strength through this dark time in their lives.. .
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Too much mean-spirited, thin-lipped piety on display here.
Do you have any idea how you sound?
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Why do celebrities merit more attention than, say, the plumber who keeps your toilets operating?
I know which I value more.
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Don't miss an opportunity to show family an friends that you love them. Reach out to those you feel might be hurting. Will always remember him in "Good Morning Vietnam".
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Sad really.
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I don't believe for a minute that BO wrote that terse tribute... probably composed by a hollywood writer and sent in for BO to recite. It just don't strike me as BO's style and quality of word smithery. (But then so much he says is written for him, so how can I be certain?)

Williams once joked that "cocaine was God's way of sayin' 'you make too much money'''.

May his soul find repose and mercy.
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Williams was a great man ... ... if you loved Obama as a god and hated Bush to the bone. Otherwise I never really found him particularly funny.
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Comedians are often very empty, hurting people. Sad such talent was so marred.
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