On August 11th, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting that a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence located at 95 St. Thomas Way in unincorporated Tiburon, California. Later to reveal it was the home of Robin Williams and he was the male adult in the 911 call.
“It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing,” said Schneider, Williams’ widow, “so they may feel less afraid.”
Nancy Andreasen, a leading neuroscientist and psychologist, co-wrote the first empirical study that proved the increased likelihood of mood disorder in creative people.
“There really is no question that there’s a statistical correlation of mental illness in highly creative people,” said Andreasen. “It’s not a lifetime sentence,” she said — and that treatment “does not diminish their creativity.”
Williams’ death shouldn’t just remind us of the list of comics who died too young, like John Belushi or Chris Farley, but should serve as a lesson to us all. We should listen just as openly and lovingly to Robin Williams today as we did when he was on stage or on the screen.