It saddens me that one of my childhood favorites has passed away. I remember watching his movies as a child, and through into my adulthood and thinking, “How did he get so funny?”. I think I was one of the few people who actually watched The Crazy Ones, just to watch him.
Jumanji was without a doubt my favorite movie as a kid. My brother and I would watch it on VHS. I remember sitting and waiting for what felt like an eternity for the tape to rewind (and then we got hi-speed rewind!!) so we could watch it again. While I didn’t understand all his jokes growing up, I always laughed. Robin had a quality about his that made him funny and accessible to people of all ages.
He openly commented about his depression, and his struggle with drugs and alcohol. This tragedy goes to show that even the happiest people aren’t always happy on the inside. I know I can relate to this notion.
It saddens me that in the moments surrounding his death, he was alone. And perhaps he felt that he had no one to lean on… It’s one of those ideas: you can be surrounded by people and still be alone.
We are all fighting our own inner demons. and it is important to acknowledge that, and support each other.
The tragedy behind this photo, is that it was taken last year when he was 62 years old. Robin was asked:
Most looking forward to: “Grandchildren. I can’t wait to see how my son does as a father. Revenge will be mine!”
For anyone that is struggling with the death of Robin, or the death of a loved one, or struggling within them selves; please contact someone you can trust. There is always someone out there who cares, and who can help.
Life line: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Headspace: 1800 650 890
MensLine: 1300 78 99 78
SANE: 1800 18 7263
Support After Suicide: for those who are bereaved by suicide
Please seek support if you are struggling.
Photo by Mark Mann