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August 11th, 2014
08:51 PM ET

Robin Williams dead of suspected suicide: Mental issues can be fatal, Dr. Drew says

Actor and comedian Robin Williams died at his Northern California home Monday. He was 63-years-old. In a statement, his representative said Williams had been "battling severe depression of late."

Going public with depression

The Marin County, California, Sheriff's office says an investigation is underway, but suspect his death is "a suicide due to asphyxia."

CNN's Don Lemon and HLN's Dr. Drew discuss Williams' battle with mental illness.


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  1. Barbara Richardson

    Judges that make decisions on people with disability need training on DEPRESSION. Even having had 7 ELECTRIC SHOCK TREATMENTS. I was still denied. I tried taking my live felt no one understood. We with depression are still being treated like its all our fault. What these treatments do to my brain I still don't even know.

    August 14, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  2. Nicole N

    Shocked and so sorry.
    I understand depression because I suffer from it. And it makes sense to me that he didn't show it to others and was always kind to others. A lot of times you want everyone to feel so much love, love you missed, don't get, or did not get from someone or somewhere in your life. You may still to this day not understand and in the end you feel not worthy, especially if it continues from the one person or group of people or from that something that happened. But, you knowing how you feel, would NEVER want someone to feel that way, and you LOVE unconditionally, and give, give, give unconditionally. A lot of times its the biggest heart and the softest, brightest soul that has it deep and it can show up in a second. Illness and pain can add to it and not having support. Especially when people that don't believe you suffer and don't care or understand or want to. I look to God and my faith, life is a journey and I hope to help others feel love while I am here. This is my experience. I share this with MUCH LOVE.

    August 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Reply

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