The shocking death of Robin Williams marked the tragic end of a brilliant comedian and actor’s life.
Williams was found dead at his home in Los Angeles. Initial reports say the cause of death was asphyxiation. Suicide is suspected.
Robin Williams often spoke about his protracted battle with alcohol and drug addiction. Having starred in the sitcom hit Mork and Mindy, Williams went on to star in a number of Oscar winning movies such as Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam and The Dead Poets Society.
Williams had abused drugs and alcohol, living the fast party life throughout the 70’s. Then in 1982 fellow comedian and friend John Belushi died. Having overdosed on heroine and cocaine. Williams, distraught with Belushi’s death, quit cold turkey.
Robin Williams over the next 2 decades fought an up and down battle, having fallen off the wagon numerous times and dealt with the urge that haunted him.
In a recent interview, Williams told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that he had been again fighting the urge and had recently been gradually falling into the same pattern of substance abuse and had checked himself in a rehab center. Williams explained the difficulties of dealing with drugs and alcohol abuse saying: The urge is always there. It lies waiting till your most vulnerable state.
If and when it is proved that suicide was the cause of death, it will show the mental ordeal in which substance abuse can have on a person’s mental state.
We have recently published articles pointing out the facts that addiction is a brain disease and perhaps incarceration is not the answer.
Substance abuse affects people from all walks of life. Hopefully the death of Robin Williams will generate awareness to the mental damage addiction can have.