The Forensic Mysteries of Robin Williams’s Death
By Jack D. Douglas
September 4, 2014
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He had decades of alcohol and drug problems, severe anxiety and depression for decades [like many great comedians], many family problems, recent open heart surgery, early Parkinson’s, depression over those, drugs and professionals for such problems, and was an obvious suicide threat, as all family probably knew to keep them watching for any serious problems he might have.
He supposedly did not take any of the drugs he could have used for a peaceful exit, he slept alone, he supposedly was left alone in his room in a wing of the house where no one could hear his body thrashing around and falling to the floor upon his hanging death, no one checked on him for about sixteen hours, his wife left home without checking on him, late in the morning his business manager [?] called, got no answer and went over to check on him and found his body.
Is this negligent suicide? Forgetfulness suicide? Concealed homicide? Or simply suicide by a man so despairing and angry at himself that he chose a very painful way to kill himself rather than take a mere bodkin close at hand?
I don’t know the answers and certainly do not impugn anyone’s public statements, but I know that any serious forensic investigation would ask about all of that and far more.
How alone can a world famous comedian be when he is in grave peril in many ways?
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Another possibility? Euthanasia.
I think the author brings up a very good question. Why was he SO alone?
Having had my spouse die on me, I know that I came up with a long list of stuff I’d done differently. That may not have made any difference at all.
One factor that the author overlooks is “money trouble” or “his perception of money trouble”. That could be a factor.
I knew one fellow who suicided because he was feeling technology obsolesce. He was a great guy to work for and his value to the organization wasn’t his understanding of some type of technology. Argh!
Guess we will never know.
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