It goes without saying that the suspected suicide of Robin Williams is a tragic loss that has disheartened people all over the world. According to a statement released by his publicist today, Williams suffered from severe depression. He had also battled substance and drug abuse for decades.

The shock of this incident goes beyond the end of William’s life itself. The shock lies in how he—the professor, the genie, the nanny, the president, the comedic genius—could have felt his way. Some have even called his suspected suicide selfish, considering how many fans, friends, colleagues and loved ones will be affected by his death.

But his death is not what we must focus on. Williams was a selfless man. He brought joy to so many regardless of not being happy himself. That kind of strength makes Williams, already impressionable, immeasurably profound.

His charisma was apparent early in his life. He made his first acting appearance as an alien, “Mork”, on the classic 1970s sitcom, Happy Days. It didn’t take long for this role to land him his own show, Mork and Mindy, on ABC.
Williams’ success as an actor resonated his success as a comedian. A stand up comedy legend on his HBO specials, his wit charmed a variety of audiences. He is known for his iconic comedic roles in Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Dead Poet’s Society and Jumanji, just to name a few.

He sought to make people happy beyond making them laugh. He took on and mastered many serious roles, such as in Good Will Hunting and in What Dreams May Come. Outside acting, he was heavily involved in charity work, such as Comic Relief and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

He was a man who showed the world good. When a Canadian approached him in September 2013 at the premiere of his series, The Crazy Ones, he wasn’t shy to share what he thought of our country.

“You are a big country. You are the kindest country the world. You are like a really nice apartment over a meth lab.”

Rest in peace Robin Williams. Your spirit will always be missed.

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