Williams’ death calls for more sensitivity to topic of depression

September 3, 2014 3:05 AM

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On Monday, Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda, returned to Twitter for the first time since Aug. 13 with this inspiring message: “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself,” a quote by Harvey Fierstein, who co-starred with Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire. Her tweet seems to be a response to everyone who so harshly judged her father’s suicide.

According to the Los Angeles Times, publicist Mara Buxbaum said that Robin Williams had been “battling severe depression of late,” and that his death was “a tragic and sudden loss.” Though Buxbaum said “[t]he family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time,”...

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