Suicide death of Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014), actor and comedienne whose TV and films included Mork and Mindy, Popeye, The World According to Garp, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King, Good Will Hunting, Moscow on the Hudson, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, License to Wed, Angriest Man in Brooklyn, August Rush, Bicentennial Man, Death to Smoochy, Flubber, Insomnia, Jack, Jakob the Liar, Alladin, Man of the Year, Old Dogs, One Hour Photo, Patch Adams, RV, The Big Wedding, The Big White, The Butler, The Crazy Ones, Toys, What Dreams May Come, The Birdcage, Night at the Museum, and Happy Feet . On August 11 2014 he was found dead after committing suicide by hanging at his home in St. Thomas Way, Paradise Cay, Trinidad Drive, Tiburon, California.
Robin Williams apparently killed himself by hanging, according to a preliminary coroner’s report. Marin County sheriff’s spokesman Lt Keith Boyd told reporters that the actor and comedian, who was 63, had hanged himself in his bedroom at his home. A pocket knife was found close to the actor’s body, and there were superficial injuries on the body that appeared to be self-inflicted. He was slightly elevated, while seated in a chair, his right shoulder area touching the door.
He was last seen alive by his wife, Susan Schneider, at home late on Sunday evening. Believing he was still asleep, Schneider left the house at around 10.30am on Monday. When Williams’s personal assistant arrived just over an hour later, police said, she became worried when he failed to answer the door. She gained entry, only to find him dead.
Williams was born in Michigan, to rich parents, who thought he should be seen and not heard and banished him and his toys to the attic. He considered the attic to be dark, lonely and frightening attic in his parents’ grand Michigan house where he was banished with his toys to play as a child.
All through his adult life, Williams sought escape. He embraced drugs and alcohol. He became addicted to physical exercise and video games. His obsession for work was so self-destructive that, at 58, he required major heart surgery. But the further he tried to flee from his depression, the deeper it dragged him down.
His refuge was his manic comedy, which he believed was a divine gift. He called it ‘a little spark of madness’. To keep the spark from burning out, he resorted to cocaine in the Seventies and Eighties to fuel his high-energy stand-up comedy and TV shows. The drug steadily stripped him of his capacity for joy and left him feeling like ‘a vampire on a day pass — paranoid and impotent’.
Mr Obama said of Williams, “He was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”
A contributing factor to his depression was his ‘serious money troubles’ after $30million divorce bills and that he was ‘depressed’ his TV show, The Crazy Ones; on which he was relying for a permanent income, had been axed in May. A few weeks later he went back to rehab for a ‘fine-tune’ after a decades-long battle with alcohol and drug addiction.
Money troubles: His Napa Valley ranch – nicknamed Villa of Smiles – an estate tucked away in the the Mayacamas Mountains between Napa and Sonoma; is still on the market for $29.9 million two years after he tried to sell it for $35 million. He said he couldn’t afford it anymore. Williams had also been forced to pay out $30 million in divorce settlements to his two former wives. He told TV executives of The Crazy One’s, a small-screen comedy about a ‘renowned and slightly unhinged’ advertising genius/madman; that it was ‘nice to have a job where the checks will clear’.
Weapons of Self Destruction: A 26-city stand up comedy tour. One of his favourite lines was that ‘the word ‘divorce’ comes from the Latin term meaning ‘to rip a man’s genitals out through his wallet.’
Good Will Hunting bench in Boston’s ‘Your Move Chief’ quote tribute/s:
Will: So what’s this? A Taster’s Choice moment between guys? This is really nice. You got a thing for swans? Is this like a fetish? It’s something, like, maybe we need to devote some time to?
Sean: I thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. Stayed up half the night thinking about it. Something occurred to me and I fell into a deep, peaceful sleep and haven’t thought about you since. You know what occurred to me?
Sean: You’re just a kid. You don’t have the faintest idea what you’re talking about.
Will: Why, thank you.
Sean: It’s all right. You’ve never been out of Boston.
Sean: If I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling.
If I asked you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus of your personal favourites. You may even have been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy.
You’re a tough kid. If I asked you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right? “Once more unto the breach dear friends”. But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help.
I’d ask you about love and you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable, known someone that could level you with her eyes. Feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you, who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes that the terms ‘visiting hours’ don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much.
When I look at you I don’t see an intelligent, confident man. I see a cocky, scared s***less kid. But you’re a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presumed to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my f***ing life apart.
You’re an orphan right? You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally, I don’t give a s*** about all that, because you know what, I can’t learn anything from you I can’t read in some f***king book.
Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I’m fascinated. I’m in. But you don’t wanna do that, do you, sport? You’re terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.
The Daily Mail: A genius so manic he said cocaine helped him keep calm | Williams had ‘serious money troubles’ after $30 million divorce bills and was ‘depressed’ his TV show was cancelled | Robin Williams cut wrist and hanged himself as his unwitting wife slept in another room | Independent: Good Will Hunting bench in Boston gets quote tributes to Robin Williams from fans| NY Daily News: Digital Editoral Director: Lauren Johnstone: Marin Co Sheriff: Williams Press Conference statement.
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Comet Swift–Tuttle orbits the sun every 130 years with a 113.4° eccentric orbit whose dust and debris is responsible for the meteor shower called the Perseids. It has been described as “the single most dangerous object known to humanity”.
Comet Swift-Tuttle (formally designated 109P/Swift–Tuttle) is the parent body of the Perseidsmeteor shower, and was independently discovered by Lewis Swift on July 16, 1862 and by Horace Parnell Tuttle on July 19, 1862. Tuttle also discovered among others: Asteroids: 66 Maja (April 9,1861) and 73 Klytia (April 7, 1862); and among other Tuttle comets: C/1861 Y1 Tuttle, 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, and 8/P1871 T1 Tuttle. Swift discovered among others comets: 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR, 64P/Swift-Gehrels.
Heliophysics Nugget: Mapping Tons of Meteoric Dust in the Sky:
The August full moon is reportedly “closest and largest” full moon of the entire year, which is why it is known as “supermoon.” It will only be 221,765 miles away from earth. As for Native American tribes, they call this event Full Sturgeon because they believed that on this day sturgeon fish were easy to find and capture.
“In the case of the Perseids, the small fragments were ripped [off] the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle, which orbits the sun once every 130 years. The fragments light up due to the immense friction created when they plough into the gas surrounding Earth.” .. Meteoric dust at the poles serve as nuclei for ice crystals in the sky forming whats called night-shining or noctilucent clouds in the summertime.”
Fall of a Thousand Suns: How Near Misses and Comet Impacts affected the Religious Beliefs of our Ancestors thoroughly investigates how specific ancient impacts and near misses with comets, observed meteor showers changed religious beliefs around the world. Put differently: ancient religious beliefs around the world appear to be crude descriptions of comets hitting, and barely missing, Earth.
Enjoy Space: How to Observe the Perseids:
The term “shooting star” may well be poetic, but it is not strictly true. Of course, these suburb light trails which sometimes streak across the sky are not stars. They are celestial bodies, often grains of dust left behind by comets or small asteroid fragments that enter our atmosphere. Due to their speed, they heat up, burn up and give off light creating a bright light in the night sky. It is then traditional to make a wish! See the dust cloud left by the Swift-Tuttle Comet.
Full Moon Phases: Sturgeon Moon:
The full moon that appears in August is called the Sturgeon Moon. North American fishing tribes called August’s full moon the sturgeon moon since the species was abundant during this month, especially in the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water. The Sturgeon Moon of August is sometimes referred to as the the Red Moon because, as the Moon rises in August, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. August’s full moon has also been called the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. Native American tribes used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon, including the Sturgeon Moon.
Cherokee Billie: Full Sturgeon Supermoon:
This is also known as the second moon of Shawnodese, Spirit Keeper of the South is the Ripe Berries Moon (July 23 to August 22) position on the Native American Medicine Wheel. Iron and garnet are the mineral totems for this moon, raspberry is the plant totem, and the sturgeon is the animal totem. The color is red, and the Thunderbird clan influences the position.
Iron teaches people in this position about their strength and garnet shows them their heart is the source of that strength. From the raspberry they learn about their sweetness and the thorns they project to protect this part of themselves from other people. The sturgeon shows them their depth and their need to teach. The Ripe Berries Moon teaches them how to work from the heart center, how to demonstrate affection, how to face fears, and how to develop leadership abilities. This moon helps develop courage and power. People experiencing the sturgeon energy need to guard against impulsiveness, arrogance, and a tendency to dominate any scenario.
Sturgeon Moon Documentary:
This environmental love story explores the challenges of wildlife survival in the 21st Century. It’s a story about an aging fisherman and his lifelong dedication to help save the sturgeon, a prehistoric fish on the brink of extinction. For the Menominee Indian Tribe preservation of their cultural traditions is tied to this sacred fish. It’s a tale of a fish, a fisherman and a Native American Tribe connected by the powerful instinct to survive. Regardless of our differences we all share the reality that we need to understand our environment and our relationship to it.