A Better Way to Remember Robin Williams

August 15, 2014 3:31 PM

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A Better Way to Remember Robin Williams

While many have speculated that Robin Williams struggled with bipolar disorder, the Oscar-winning actor and comedian who lost his life to suicide on Monday never publicly stated as much. In fact, he outright refuted it in a characteristically quick-witted interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2006. In response to being "branded" a manic-depressive after volunteering to be on the cover of an issue of Newsweek about medication, Mr. Williams said, "'Um, that's clinical. I'm not that.' Do I perform sometimes in a manic style? Yes. Am I manic all the time? No. Do I get sad? Oh yeah. Does it hit me hard? Oh yeah."

Still, many in the media continued to speculate about his mental health after that interview, not out of genuine concern for his wellbeing, but out of lust for a scoop. Others in the mental health community weren't much nobler, as they tried to adopt him as an unwilling patron saint in an effort to ...

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