August 12, 2014

Remembering Robin Williams

Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams died Monday at 63, in an apparent suicide.

Williams was open about his addictions throughout his career. In the 1970s and 80s he admitted to using cocaine, and more recently, in 2006, he entered rehab at Hazelden after 20 years of sobriety.

Williams explain his addiction to Diane Sawyer, saying, “It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m O.K.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not O.K.”

Earlier this summer, Williams checked into Hazelden again, enrolling in a program aimed at helping to maintain long-term sobriety. In July, his publicist said, “After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.”

Yesterday, the publicist said that Williams has been “battling severe depression.”

For more on Robin Williams, see Renew’s previous article about the actor, here and here.


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