O’ Captain, My Captain: Remembering The Generosity Of Robin Williams

2008 USO World Gala

In news that saddened millions around the world, Robin Williams was reported dead Monday night. Although an official investigation is still underway, initial reports cite suicide as the suspected cause of death.

Williams, 63, was known for his roles in films like “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “Dead Poets Society.” He was a fine comedian, never failing to make us laugh in roles like the genie from “Aladdin” or Mork from “Mork & Mindy,” and was a truly gifted actor.

Not only was Williams a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar-winning talent, he was also a philanthropist who often supported causes close to the people he loved. A friend of the late Christopher Reeve, Williams reportedly once served on the board of the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation. He toured numerous times with the USO, was an immense driving force behind Comic Relief, an organization formed to help those in need, particularly the homeless, and supported the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, there is no shame in asking for help. There are plenty of free resources available to you now, and you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK at any time.

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