Robin Williams died by asphyxiation. It’s thought he killed himself. It’s been no secret that he has suffered with mental illness for much of his adult life and, tragically, it seems that the horrible despair that is one feature of manic depression or Bipolar Disorder has finally become too much for him to bear.
A 911 telephone call was received reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence. He was pronounced deceased at 12.02pm. An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway. He was last seen alive at his residence, where he lives with his wife, at about 10pm on the previous night.
His heartbroken family has stated that he has been battling severe depression of late. In recent years, celebrities have often become the public face of what is usually a private struggle. Everyone from actor Jim Carrey to singer Alicia Keys feed the public their own views on how to deal with depression.
Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, according to a study of more than a million people. Writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found in 2012. They were almost twice as likely as the general population to kill themselves. Dancers and photographers were also more likely to have bipolar disorder.