Robin Williams shocked the world with his suicide on Monday, Aug. 11, at age 63. The beloved actor was revealed to have been suffering from depression.
I grew up watching Williams in brilliant roles like Peter Banning in Hook and Daniel Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire. Jumanji and Aladdin also come to mind, in which he played Alan Parrish and Genie, respectively.
Nintendo fans may remember Williams as a fan and supporter of The Legend of Zelda, his favorite video game series. He named his daughter after Princess Zelda, and the two appeared in some of the best Zelda commercials in recent memory:
- The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
If those don’t bring both a smile to your face and a pang of grief to your heart, I don’t know what will. Rest in peace, Robin Williams.
2014 has been a painful year as three of my comedy heroes have passed away. Harold Ramis, Rik Mayall and now Robin Williams.
Rest in peace.
Fans are already penning petitions for Eiji Aonuma to name a character after Robin Williams in the next Zelda title.
It would certainly be a fitting tribute to a comedy legend that was also such a Zelda fan he named his daughter after the title character.
Make it happen Eiji Aonuma.
My folks told my wife adn I about this the other day after work while we were eating dinner out. We could not believe it. This is really hard to swallow. Robin Williams was one of my favorite actors. A sheer comedy genius. I really like him in Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, and , of course, Disney’s Aladdin as the genie. We have all those on DVD. He could always make me laugh. I remember during my high school years, I would have a hard day at school would put in a movie of his and I would feel better. Like I said, a sheer comedy genius, he will be missed. My deepest condolences to Zelda and the rest of the family.
Who can forget Mork adn Mindy. 🙂
Sorry typo, Mork and Mindy.
I’m just going to copy/paste what I said on my Facebook about this situation the day it happened because I feel it’s still relevant.
“Half the people I’ve saved from suicide (I say this because either they made sure to remind me many times or I was literally there consoling them) will not see this because I am no longer a part of their lives.
Half the people that have saved me from tipping over the edge when I was younger (because there is no shame in admitting you, at least at one point, wanted a permanent way out (I no longer do, please don’t be worried.)) will also not see this because they are out of my life, but the point stands that there are more people that are affected directly and/or radiated to them through someone they know than they will admit.
Robin Williams died today from what was likely a suicide. I have no facts to support this for him, but I can almost guarantee this was not his first attempt. The man made people of multiple generations laugh over and over, some have found hope for their lives from his movies (because everyone has saved someone, you may just not be aware), and yet he felt like his life was empty enough to take away. A family. A career. The ability to obtain many things to entertain himself or someone else because of the work he’s done. And he felt it was empty.
Nobody is safe from the thought of suicide. There is no amount of things you can have that suddenly makes your brain say “okay, not gonna kill myself.” But just because nobody is safe from the thought, or the attempt, does not mean your life is worthless. It does not mean your time on Earth has been a waste.
Please, if you’re feeling about to break, call someone. Call a help line. Hell, if I know you, call me. There is very little I could be doing that would prevent me from helping someone want to postpone their end.
Now, with that, I’m going to go to bed, and wake up hating life because I enjoy my job but the work that is required sometimes makes me think that it’s not worth trying. But then people will start seeing the dogs I feed and take care of and fall in love with one and want to take it home. I’ll leave work feeling much better than I did coming in.
Not even I am safe. I’m sure everyone can relate. But we all fight through it for whatever reason we have. But whatever reason you have, keep holding onto it. Always be the one to give yourself a reason to fight.”