When an iconic artist and performer takes his own life at a time when he ought to be on top of the world, well, then you start examining the demons that drove him to that tragic end.
Robin Williams’s apparent suicide Monday has brought depression to the public fore.
As it should.
Williams was one of the world’s most dynamic entertainers. His talent was seemingly without limits. His comic genius sprang from a mind with an incalculable amount of material rolling around in it, which he unleashed with hysterical fury almost without warning.
He made people laugh to the point of crying.
Williams had his demons. They involved alcoholism and drug abuse. They cost him at least one marriage, maybe more.
Internationally acclaimed entertainers, superstars and assorted celebrities have left us from all manner of illness: AIDS, Alzheimer’s, various forms of cancer.
Yes, depression is a killer, too.
Robin Williams’s tragic end will bring this disease to our national attention.
Let’s have this discussion as we mourn our national loss.