"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world."
I woke up this morning and wished I had never checked my Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. I could not believe my eyes as I saw my timeline being filled with emotional tributes and collective shock as the world woke up to the upsetting news that Robin Williams has died.
This horrendous news has shocked and devastated all of Hollywood. In an apparent suicide attempt, police in California suspect he died from asphyxia but an investigation is still being carried out to confirm this. He was 63. Known for his animated, eccentric comedy and acting and lively personality, he brought laughter and happiness in over 100 acting roles to millions around the world. He's famous from films like Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting for which he won an Oscar for. Mrs Doubtfire, Aladdin, Jumanji, Flubber are the ones I loved seeing Robin in as well as his comedy stand up. He brought fire and passion in his acting and lit up any scene every single time.
It is known that he has battled severe depression over the years and has struggled with alcohol and drugs forcing him to go into rehab. Although he has joked about his troubles in the past, it turns out the laughter was the greatest mask of all as no one knew how really disturbed he was inside.. until now.
His wife, Susan Schneider, released a heartbreaking statement about her husband's death:
"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.
On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."
Tributes from all over the world have flooded in all day and many celebrities have taken to Twitter to show their respect.
@rickygervais - I am deeply saddened. He was a lovely man who would keep everyone laughing even if he wasn't feeling good himself. RIP Robin Williams.
@SethMacFarlane -The world just got a lot less funny. Robin Williams is a tragic loss.
@realrossnoble - Shocked and saddened by the news of Robin Williams passing. A true master of the art of stand up.
@StephenKing - Williams's first appearance as Mork was a stunner -- you knew at once that there had never been a comedian like him.
And The Academy simply tweeted this picture from Aladdin with the words:
Genie, you're free.
Yes you are, Robin, yes you are. I'm distraught you thought this was the only way to stop your hurting but I hope you finally find the peace you've clearly longed for after all these years.
2014 is quickly becoming the year of losing great, inspiring people and today the world is a little quieter after this.
Robin, your inspiration and profoundness will live on forever and you'll never be forgotten, not for one second.
Depression is not a laughing matter and it's something that needs to talked about more rather being ignored and thought of as something that'll just 'pass by'. If you feel you need to talk to somebody, then please, please, please don't hesitate to contact the following organisations:
Website - www.samaritans.org
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone - 08457 90 90 90 (open 24/7)
Write - Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, Chris, PO Box 90 90, Stirling, FK8 2SA
Website - www.thetrevorproject.org
Telephone - 1-866-488-7386 (open 24/7)
Text - "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200
Twitter - @TrevorProject
R.I.P Robin Williams and I wish anyone who is currently suffering with depression all the best in the future and I hope you get the help you definitely deserve.
Thankyou for reading.