Suicide is not a very cheerful subject for my first news feed. Rumors have been swirling around Robin Williams' struggle with depression and addictions for quite a number of years, which ultimately led to his untimely death. I've met him many times in San Francisco; he used to bike all around the city especially around where I used to work. He was always friendly and a bit shy when I spoke to him. I loved his smile and spirit. I remembered one of my friend whom worked on "Ms. Doubtfire" once told me that Robin Williams was one of the most genuine people she has ever met. He was kind, humble, animated, professional, funny and full of energy when the camera was rolling hitting all his marks and his lines every time but when the camera was off so was Robin. During numerous takes, she noticed that he was like a robot, turning off and on like a machine. She also told me that a woman close to him told him what to do every moment on set: drink, eat, and sleep. This person allowed no one to speak to him during the entire filming of "Mrs. Doubtfire" because she did not want Robin to break out of character. I was surprised and sad to hear this juicy behind the scene tidbit but I thought my friend was exaggerating quite a bit as well.
You will be forever missed and have brought many smiles & laughter to the world. Rest in Peace Robin Williams.