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Published 7:00 am Wednesday, August 13, 2014

was deeply saddened this week by the sudden loss of Robin Williams, one of my most favorite actors.

Not only was my childhood dotted with his memorable performances, but also as an adult, I witnessed the many brilliant and versatile styles of this actor in dramatic roles.

Who can forget the loveable Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin,” or the remarkable “Mrs. Doubtfire”?

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I remember watching “Mork and Mindy” reruns on Nick at Nite as a child. 

His stand-up comedy was always hysterical and never disappointed. 

His comedic performance in “The Birdcage” still makes me laugh no matter how many times I have watched it. 

Williams also shined in dramatic roles as well.

Recently, I discovered “The Fisher King,” a brilliant movie about a man devastated by the murder of his wife. 

William’s performance is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. 

Perhaps one of my favorite Williams’ performances was in “One Hour Photo.” 

Williams portrays a lonely one-hour photo technician who becomes obsessed with a local family. 

It’s a great film that showcases the many facets of the man who made the world laugh. 

There’s a list a mile long of the great cinematic achievements of Williams. 

However, there was great sadness behind the humor. It is reported Williams suffered from depression and alcohol addiction and according to the depression and bipolar support website about 14.8 million Americans suffer from the condition. Williams would often mention his problems with addiction during his comedic routines. 

It’s not the tragic death of a celebrity that we should mourn; we should mourn a man who suffered from a debilitating condition, like so many, who decided to end his life.

This could be a neighbor, a sibling or a parent. Depression is real and it affects many; I’ve seen loved ones suffer long bouts of depression. Call and visit your loved ones. That phone call, text or visit just might save a life. 

If you or anyone you know needs help in the United States call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.