Robin Williams’ Death Leaves America in Shock

By Tara Adamczyk, Staff Writer

On August 11, 2014, one of America’s most beloved actors, Robin Williams, passed away at the age of 63.

Williams got his start in acting through his high school drama department, and in 1973 was one of 20 students accepted into  Julliard; one of two selected for the Advanced Program. Williams left Julliard in 1976.

Williams got a kick start in his career playing the alien, Mork, in the TV series “Mork and Mindy,” which ran from 1978 to 1982.

During his career, Williams was given the chance to have part in a few accredited films like “The Fisher King,”  “Good Will Hunting,” and “Awakenings.”

Williams also played a role in many of the college students today grew up with such as, “Mrs. Doubtfire,”  “Hook,”  “Jumanji” and Disney’s “Aladdin.”

Along with his film career, Williams also did a number of stand-up comedy shows. Williams shows had audience members howling and tickets were sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale in some cases.

One of Williams stand-up comedy shows, “Robin Williams: Live on Broadway,” played at The Broadway Theatre in July 2002.

Williams was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Williams did however receive the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in “Good Will Hunting.”

Williams also received two Emmy awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammys.

On the morning of August 11, Williams was discovered in his California home around 11:55 a.m. and was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.. Williams death appeared to be a suicide by asphyxia. Williams was also suffering from severe depression.

Depression is suffered by thousands of Americans, with some being more severe than the others. Depression can come genetically or through personal experiences.

Regardless, it should not go untreated. Many of those who suffer from severe depression often consider committing suicide. If you notice any signs of this or experience it yourself, then you should contact a healthcare provider or call thesuicide hotline.

Williams was one of America’s most loved actors and his work left a soft spot in our hearts. Hopefully this tragedy can bring the world to the realization that depression is a major issue. Even one of the greatest men in comedy suffered from its toxic effects.

 “I believe in destiny.  There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.” – Robin Williams

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