The news is that Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide. I am so sad.
At first, I thought it was just another Facebook or Twitter hoax. Then the news started to pop up on the major news networks.
Robin Williams truly is dead at the young age of 63. He and Steve Irwin are the only celebraties I shed actual tears for.
Steve Irwin, for his love of and zest for life and for his family who adored him.
Robin Williams, because he was just so funny. And because I'd met him.
Many years ago, my friend and I took a trip to Las Vegas, NV. I won't tell you what we were doing, because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
However, at one point, I was too tired and needed some sleep, so I went to our room for nap. She continued doing what we won't talk about.
Before I left her on her own, she told me she was heading down the strip to Ceasar's Palace. So later, when I woke, I hoofed it down the strip to find her.
As I was strolling through the casino at Ceasar's and not paying attention to where I was walking (since I was looking for my friend), I very literally ran right into someone.
Fortunately, at that age, I was slim and didn't weigh much, because this was no gentle "bump into"; this was a full-on body slam.
That someone was Robin Williams. He and Joe Pesci were also strolling through Ceasar's (at 2:00am), but they were watching where they were going. Unlike me.
I apologized profusely, turned 16 shades of red, THEN realized who it was. Yup, wanted to crawl in a hole and hide.
Robin Williams, however, was sweet, kind and generously forgiving of my faux pas.
He realized that I figured out who he was, and he became slightly shy. It was really cute. I thanked him for all the laughs over the years, and went to find my friend.
I never thought to ask for an autograph, and I (oops) barely acknowledged Joe Pesci. Then again, I didn't body slam him, either.
I've had the opportunity to meet different celebrities over the years, but Robin was the sweetest one.
As a fan, I am sadden by the news that he may have commited suicide. How someone so funny and full of life could find nothing important to live for is heartbreaking.
I know he suffered from addiction, and that certainly may have influenced his choices.
As a Christian, the news of his possible suicide is even more devastating, because of the eternal consequences. All I can hope is that somehow, before his last breath, he found salvation and redemption.
We lost a funny man, a great actor and a sweet, kind soul today. May you rest in peace, Robin Williams.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Hebrews 10:35-36 (ESV)
35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
If you are depressed, or feel as though you may harm yourself, PLEASE get help! Call the Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255). They are available 24/7. Suicide is not the answer.
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