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KC2UGV
08-11-2014, 06:08 PM
He was found dead this morning in his home.

K6BSO
08-11-2014, 06:20 PM
"Suspected asphyxia"

W5BRM
08-11-2014, 06:26 PM
"Suspected asphyxia"
Auto-erotic Asphyxia?

Truly a sad loss :sadgoodbye:

K7SGJ
08-11-2014, 06:29 PM
Sonofabitch. The world has lost another funny, funny man. I just wish more people realized just how deadly depression can be. I will really miss his humor. RIP

n6hcm
08-11-2014, 06:41 PM
no--suspected suicide :(. see the marin county's sherif website. they're working to sort out the details.

i'm stunned.

VE7DCW
08-11-2014, 07:16 PM
I heard the news on the radio in the truck coming home this morning.....yikes!! this is a shocker ! :shock:

KG4CGC
08-11-2014, 07:22 PM
I loved him since I was 14. He did a lot of good in the world. He will be missed.

K6BSO
08-11-2014, 07:41 PM
Yeah, looks like suicide. That's all too common a fate for funnymen.

KG4CGC
08-11-2014, 07:45 PM
Now that I think back and tie the years to the grade I was in, I was actually 13 the first time I saw him.

WTKX
08-11-2014, 08:21 PM
Damn. Damn, damn, damn. One of my favorites, and his acting was astounding.


http://youtu.be/AWfAKELmfyY

PA5COR
08-12-2014, 03:17 AM
Yep, truly a good man and comic.
R.I.P.

K4WGE
08-12-2014, 10:43 AM
Somehow, Glenn Beck was making the story all about himself on the radio this morning. Glenn struggled with thoughts of suicide too, you know. Quite despicable.

N2CHX
08-12-2014, 10:53 AM
I am so saddened over this. I've never felt like this about any celebrity. Ever. I wonder if he knew just how much so many people loved him and what he did.

KK4AMI
08-12-2014, 12:00 PM
I guess he gave away so much pleasure, joy and happiness, that he did not have enough left for his own life. If I had known what it was going to cost him, I would not have watched him at all and wished him a long happy life.

K6BSO
08-12-2014, 12:06 PM
I guess he gave away so much pleasure, joy and happiness, that he did not have enough left for his own life. If I had known what it was going to cost him, I would not have watched him at all and wished him a long happy life.

My personal opinion is that the type of humor Williams' excelled at arises from deep-down pain and that pain can become overwhelming eventually.

WTKX
08-12-2014, 12:26 PM
Jonathan Winters had similar issues, and became a painter later in life to deflect the pain.

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/130412132819-05-jonathan-winters-horizontal-gallery.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wgwMxQ9idA4/UWraai2PwpI/AAAAAAAAFVM/9eTXG2RMfaw/s1600/A3.jpg

K4WGE
08-12-2014, 12:43 PM
Winters paints like Salvador Dali and Hieronymus Bosch... at the same time.

WTKX
08-12-2014, 12:50 PM
Yea, I like his work a lot...

N2CHX
08-12-2014, 02:20 PM
I guess he gave away so much pleasure, joy and happiness, that he did not have enough left for his own life. If I had known what it was going to cost him, I would not have watched him at all and wished him a long happy life.

Wow. I don't see it that way at all. Knowing some comics personally and being one who uses humor to deal with life herself, I can say with confidence that you're 100% wrong on this. People like Robin Williams give away pleasure, joy, happiness and humor because it is the only way to stay relatively sane in a really fucked up world. Had he not done so, I daresay he wouldn't have lasted anywhere near 63 years.

WTKX
08-12-2014, 02:34 PM
Yup...

http://izquotes.com/quotes-pictures/quote-laughter-is-the-valve-on-the-pressure-cooker-of-life-either-you-laugh-and-suffer-or-you-got-your-wavy-gravy-74870.jpg

N2NH
08-13-2014, 01:41 PM
In the neighborhood where I grew up we were acquaintances. It's a bit hard to deal with knowing that he's passed, especially in this manner. From what I knew of Robin (a/k/a Bob), he was always a nice guy and was always thinking ahead of the curve. The XYL and I were talking about how comediennes are usually depressed last weekend...

K6BSO
08-13-2014, 02:11 PM
In the neighborhood where I grew up we were acquaintances.

You grew up in Chicago? Or was it Detroit? In any case, Williams moved to Marin County, California, when he was sixteen. You can read his full bio here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Williams#Early_life_and_education).

WTKX
08-13-2014, 04:28 PM
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/these-photos-of-koko-the-gorilla-mourning-the-loss-of-robin



On Monday, Koko was with Patterson when news of Williams death broke and phone calls started to come in.


After the first call, Koko came to Dr. Patterson with an inquiring look on her face. Dr. Patterson explained that we have lost a dear friend, Robin Williams.

Via Press Release: The Gorilla Foundation

Koko was quiet and looked very thoughtful, a spokesperson for the Gorilla Foundation said in a press release emailed in response to an inquiry from BuzzFeed.


http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/2014-08/12/17/enhanced/webdr02/enhanced-22879-1407877510-10.jpg

The Gorilla Foundation
After overhearing an emotional conversation between Patterson and a colleague who had worked with Williams on his PSA for the foundation, Koko signed the words for woman and crying.

Koko became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering.


http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/2014-08/12/17/enhanced/webdr10/enhanced-24796-1407878688-12.jpg

NA4BH
08-13-2014, 06:23 PM
As sweet as the picture looks, I call Bushtit about the gorilla knowing what the hell they were talking about. Key words put the gorilla into a picturesque state of sadness. Sorry. RIP Robin, you were great.

N2NH
08-13-2014, 06:53 PM
You grew up in Chicago? Or was it Detroit? In any case, Williams moved to Marin County, California, when he was sixteen. You can read his full bio here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Williams#Early_life_and_education).

I grew up in New York and Robin spent time there when he went to Julliard which was in my neighborhood. When Julliard moved, Robin did too. He also did mime with some guys on the steps of the Museum of Natural History, although most people didn't know that since he was in makeup.

WTKX
08-13-2014, 06:57 PM
I disagree, Koko knows. She's very smart, and very sweet.

But, whatever. Another thread I'll leave alone, I guess.

N2NH
08-13-2014, 07:00 PM
I disagree, Koko knows. She's very smart, and very sweet.

But, whatever. Another thread I'll leave alone, I guess.

I think Koko knows. We tend to underestimate 'animals' intelligence. I can remember when they said Humans were the only species that dreamt. Anyone who has had a dog knows that they dream of running from time to time and will even bark in their sleep.

NA4BH
08-13-2014, 07:04 PM
I think Koko knows. We tend to underestimate 'animals' intelligence. I can remember when they said Humans were the only species that dreamt. Anyone who has had a dog knows that they dream of running from time to time and will even bark in their sleep.


Ask your dog to wash the car and see what happens. They learn from visual signals,tones, and voice inflection. If they understood what you said, they'd speak back to you.

KC2UGV
08-13-2014, 07:11 PM
Ask your dog to wash the car and see what happens. They learn from visual signals,tones, and voice inflection. If they understood what you said, they'd speak back to you.

Dogs have a unique knack for being able to interpret smiles and pointing.

Gorillas pass most marks for self-awareness. Dogs do not.

NA4BH
08-13-2014, 07:16 PM
Dogs have a unique knack for being able to interpret smiles and pointing.

Gorillas pass most marks for self-awareness. Dogs do not.

I don't know what the hell that means, but carry on.

KC2UGV
08-13-2014, 07:21 PM
I don't know what the hell that means, but carry on.

There's an actual test done to see if particular animals are self-aware (Aware of self, has a concept of "I"). Gorillas pass most of the marks. Dogs pass none, not even the basic one (The mirror test). One dog has demonstrated self-awareness.

Self-aware is the first step to being able to have emotions. And, since the being is aware of "I", they must be aware that you are not it, and can show emotional reciprocity. Gorillas show reciprocity (As do Bonobos, most dolphins, and elephants).

K7SGJ
08-13-2014, 10:48 PM
I don't know about gorillas, but I saw monkeys talk in a documentary called Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Saw another when I was a kid, called Lancelot Link.


https://forums.hamisland.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=12901&stc=1

NA4BH
08-14-2014, 09:21 PM
I don't know about gorillas, but I saw monkeys talk in a documentary called Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Saw another when I was a kid, called Lancelot Link.


https://forums.hamisland.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=12901&stc=1

I went to high school with a dude who's father was the science guy for the original Planet of the Apes, last name Ordway (look it up). He and his brother were in the second movie, they were apes sitting on the rock type cliffs at the beginning. He said it sucked because the suits were hot.

K7SGJ
08-14-2014, 09:26 PM
While I was out today, I heard on NPR that Robin Williams wife claimed he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's. As if he didn't have enough to cope with. Jesus..........

W5BRM
08-14-2014, 09:35 PM
While I was out today, I heard on NPR that Robin Williams wife claimed he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's. As if he didn't have enough to cope with. Jesus..........

Actually it was Parkinsons

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2725417/Stunned-learn-Robin-PD-Michael-J-Fox-weighs-Twitter-Williams-Parkinsons-diagnosis-calling-late-actor-true-friend.html

K7SGJ
08-14-2014, 09:37 PM
Actually it was Parkinsons

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2725417/Stunned-learn-Robin-PD-Michael-J-Fox-weighs-Twitter-Williams-Parkinsons-diagnosis-calling-late-actor-true-friend.html


Thank you, you are correct. I guess it's me with the Alzheimer's.

n6hcm
08-15-2014, 12:13 AM
I am so saddened over this. I've never felt like this about any celebrity. Ever. I wonder if he knew just how much so many people loved him and what he did.

sadly, it does not matter. when you have depression like this things like how many people you've touched are just invisible. finding zuzu's petals in his pocket would have meant nothing.

apparently he just learned he has parkinson's (which doesn't surprise me--it was visible on recent tv appearances). this could screw up someone who was so lively and vibrant ...

N2NH
08-15-2014, 05:24 AM
I went to high school with a dude who's father was the science guy for the original Planet of the Apes, last name Ordway (look it up). He and his brother were in the second movie, they were apes sitting on the rock type cliffs at the beginning. He said it sucked because the suits were hot.

Everyone thinks that being on Broadway or working in movies is glamorous, but it usually isn't. My father worked for a costumer whose clients were in TV, Movies and Stage and he told me of what went on the behind the scenes. I lived next door to actors when I lived in the Theatre District in NYC. They spent most of their waking hours getting together and working on their lines, memorizing them and coordinating their scenes, then went on the soap opera and performed them. Being in the Theatre District, I got to meet quite a few struggling actors (who will remain nameless). They lived in abandoned buildings so they could save what they made as waiters to go to acting school. I know of 3 that made it big too. A fourth never did. The XYL took up drama in college. She dropped it not wanting to suffer for her art.

The glamor part is an illusion. After all that, one ages and eventually gets thrown on the scrap pile when someone younger takes your place. Robin beat the odds and his longevity is remarkable in this business. It's the mark of a legend.