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Robin Williams’ Kids Are “Trying To Stay Strong”

  • Robin Williams’ eldest son Zak Williams told People that he and his family are doing their best to carry on since the actor’s passing. Williams said it’s important to him that people know they’re doing okay, but that “it’s tremendously sad … we’re trying to stay strong … we’re experiencing the new normal now.” [PeopleHuffPost]
  • Dave Grohl revealed he stopped smoking pot because of the Kardashians: “I stopped doing drugs when I was about 20 years old. But I recently thought, ‘Oh I’m going to start smoking pot again to cure insomnia.’ I’d put the kids to bed, go upstairs and smoke a little bit of pot. But then I’d get stuck in front of the Kardashians on TV for 45 minutes. And it freaked me out. I was like, ‘I’m never doing this ever again.’ It’s definitely not for me.” [Celebuzz]

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Suicide Since My Dad Took His Own Life

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5 Things I've Learned About Suicide Since My Dad Took His Own Life

Ever since I heard about Robin Williams’ devastating suicide, I’ve been thinking about this post and how I was going to write it. I’ve thought about it as I was drifting off to sleep. What did I want to say? How did I want to say it? Would it come out right? Would I even know what to say? What sorts of emotions would this stir?

The word suicide is even like a black hole of sorts. It’s expansive, never-ending and dark, and no matter how much you talk about it, there’s always more than can be said. Always. I wish I could say that you can’t relate, but unfortunately, I know far too many of you can. Maybe you’re even grappling with what to say and trying to find the words to comfort a family member, a friend and even yourself. It’s been 11 years since my father’s suicide, and I still fumble to find the right words every single day. So today, I will write them. Not just for my father. Not just for Robin Williams. But for me and for you — and for the millions that live with the effect of suicide every day. In my darkest days of grief, these are the five things I’ve learned about suicide… Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Calling Suicide Selfish Is Selfish

The Soapbox: Calling Suicide Selfish Is Selfish
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Selfish (adj.): Lacking concern for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.

Death is not profitable or pleasurable. It’s just nothing. It’s just not suffering. It has nothing to do with benefiting or not benefiting oneself or others. Saying that someone was selfish for having committed suicide is like saying that it was selfish of a person caught on fire to scream in agony.

When the topic of suicide is brought to the table, my primary concern isn’t to address people who have suicidal ideation. Everyone else is already doing that: They say, if you’re depressed or thinking about suicide, please seek help. Keep reading »

An Open Letter To Zelda Williams: You Are A Survivor — And So Am I

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Deleting your Twitter is the best thing you could’ve done, but I hope this letter still finds you.

Dear Zelda,

When I heard the news, I thought of you. I realize that no amount of consolation or sympathy will make it easier to grieve. But I want you to know that I know what you’re going through. I know what you’re feeling — overwhelming grief, anger, sadness. You’re probably a little numb, too.

You are a survivor. I, too, am a survivor. My father committed suicide when I was nine. Read more on YourTango…

Robin Williams’ Wife: He Was Suffering The Early Stages Of Parkinson’s

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  • Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement today sharing that the comedian was sober at the time of his suicide and had been battling the beginnings of Parkinson’s disease along with depression and anxiety. [LA Times]
  • The Broadway production of “Aladdin” paid special tribute to Williams with an audience sing-a-long, and Broadway lights dimmed last night in his honor. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Twitter is changing its policies after cyberbullying regarding her father’s death pushed Zelda Williams to take a break from social media. [Pink Is The New Blog] Keep reading »

Major PR Firm Encourages Businesses To Profit Off Robin Williams’ Death

  • Today in tastelessness: Edelman, the largest PR firm in the world, published a blog post encouraging businesses and mental health agencies to capitalize on Robin Williams’ death with a “visible and aggressive” approach on their social media accounts and websites. The post claimed that Williams’ passing created a “carpe diem moment” for businesses (a pun on his film “Dead Poets Society”), and added that “there’s a very careful line they need to walk so as to not seem exploitive of a terrible situation but at the same time, it is a national teachable moment that shouldn’t be ignored.” Skeevy. [Business Insider]
  • Lisa Jakub, the actress who played the teen daughter in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” wrote a touching essay about working alongside Williams. [LisaJakub.Wordpress.com]
  • In other Williams news, he will be memorialized with a non-playable character in “World of Warcraft” as a nod to his love of gaming. [Variety] Keep reading »
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