‘This is a man who gave us the best of what he had’: Glenn reflects on the life of Robin Williams

On Monday, actor and comedian Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide at his California home. He was 63. On radio this morning, as someone who lost two family members to suicide and contemplated taking his own life, Glenn offered a unique insight into the life and death of the Hollywood heavyweight. Glenn shared his personal struggle with depression, addiction, and suicide and explained why audience laughter and adulation may have been the thing that kept Williams going as long as he did.

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Below is an edited transcript of the monologue:

Sad news yesterday: Robin Williams died at 63. It looks like he hung himself. We’ll have the official report today – as if it matters. The family asked for privacy and respect. It would be nice if we would give it to them. This is a man who gave us the best of what he had. A man who made us laugh, made us cry. He is one of the greatest clowns to live in the last hundred years.

I didn’t know Robin Williams. But I think all of us felt we knew Robin Williams. We all knew that there was something inside of him that drove him to the point of madness. We all, I think, knew that something was inside of him that caused great pain. I’d like to believe that maybe, just maybe, we helped him live a little longer. I was talking to a friend of mine this morning about why comedians are like this. I’m not really sure. I’m not a doctor. We’ve had two suicides in my family, in my immediate family. Clinically, there’s something that happens to people. There is that side of it.

If you’re in a family that’s dysfunctional, sometimes you become the one that makes everybody laugh because it’s too horrible not to. If you could just make people laugh, you could find joy in their laughter, until you no longer hear the laughter anymore. It becomes almost addictive. I think Robin Williams was addicted to our laughter, addicted to our smiles, addicted to being able to make us feel better. It’s a powerful tonic. In a way it’s what we’re all supposed to learn about, service. In the end, that’s we’re our highest self. That’s when he was his highest self: Serving us, making us laugh.

How many people can cross all these boundaries? How many people could claim to have huge fans – that he really profoundly touched and maybe even perhaps changed the course of their life – in their 20s and have somebody my age, 50 or 60 that can say the same thing? That guy really touched me. I think Jeffy brought in the Mork from Ork doll today. I have it sitting on my desk today. What a great show. And how many things did he do that affected us and changed us?

I’m sure people will start to have the conversation on television, as they always do, because they’re insipid and they’re shallow and they’re thinking is the kind of thinking that makes you fly a helicopter over a dead man’s house. But I’m sure the conversations will go, ‘What was wrong with him?’ ‘What was the tragedy in his life?’ ‘What would drive him to this?’ ‘What could we have done to save him?’

Most likely, nothing.

What drove him to do this insanity: The insanity of clinical depression. I don’t want to talk about Robin Williams’ illness because nothing drives you to suicide other than insanity. But let me tell you something: The mind is one of the most powerful traps you have ever seen. The best piece of advice ever got from an alcoholic was: When you least expect it, expect it. It came from a good friend of mine, Jim Lago.

When you least expect it, expect it.

I didn’t know what it meant at the time. What it meant was: You know yourself better than anybody. Your mind is an amazing machine, and you will build up a wall of defense on your alcoholism, and you will know, ‘I’m not going to drink.’ And somehow or another, one day, it will happen that you will think to yourself, ‘You know what? Well, this is different. I’m not going to drink because of this. This is a good reason to do it.’ And before you know it, because you didn’t expect it to come that way, you’ll find yourself drinking.

I am someone who was saved by a guy named Bobby Dries, a good friend of mine. Bobby was a guy who knew what suicidal tendencies were. He also knew my familial history. We worked together. Bobby had seen me spiral out of control when I was in Louisville, Kentucky. And one day I came in and I just said, ‘I’m going. Can’t work here anymore. I’m leaving.’ He said, ‘Where you going?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. Just not here.’

What he didn’t know was every day for six months I was driving to work and there was a bridge abutment on 84 that I would pass every day on the way to and from work. And I would pray as soon as I got on Highway 84, in either direction, ‘Lord, just give me the strength to pull my car into it today.’ Every day that bridge abutment had my name on it. It was my cowardice that stopped me from killing myself. Thank God the Lord made me a coward. I couldn’t think of shooting myself was too awful. Hanging myself was too much. But maybe, maybe I could pull my car into that bridge abutment.

Bobby said, ‘Would you do me a favor? Would you come with me to the hospital?’ I don’t know why I said ‘yes,’ but I did. I met a doctor in the emergency room who medicated me, and it stopped me from praying for that bridge abutment. At that time, that seemed logical to me. It seemed like the only thing that I could do. I knew I was hurting everybody in my life. I knew that I was the cause of my problems. And there was no way out.

That is insanity.

Robin Williams’ death is tragic, but I will tell you this: Out of his death will come laughter because someone right now – who is at that point of insanity – will find themselves some day laughing. The person who is feeling this way has to just have the glimmer of hope that tomorrow will be different – and if not tomorrow, the next day – that it will get better. It won’t get better doing the same stuff that you’re doing now, but it will get better.

I think Robin Williams fought this battle for so long, and – it’s none of our business – but I don’t know what was happening in his life that caused him to at some point say, ‘I don’t want to take the medication anymore,’ or ‘I want to stop looking for what it is.’

Because there are two kinds of depression: I’ve done something, and it screwed me up. That’s normal depression. But it can spiral into something called clinical depression where your brain chemistry actually changes, and that’s where nothing makes sense anymore. You’re just not thinking rationally. It happens so slowly. You slide into it so slowly. You don’t notice.

I feel for Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, who said, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

People who are in Robin Williams’ position are great liars because they have spent their whole life lying to themselves. They have spent their whole life lying to audiences about how they really feel. In my mind’s eye I see Robin Williams’ wife kissing him goodbye, not knowing, and her saying, ‘Are you okay?’ And him looking her in the eye and lying to her and saying, ‘I’m fine,’ knowing that today would be his last day.

Sometimes no one can reach out to somebody because they don’t want to listen. They’re just tired. I know when I was in that position, I was just tired. My mother was just tired. My brother-in-law was just tired. Sometimes it ends horribly, but, other times, all it takes is someone to say, ‘It’s going to get better. It’s going to be okay.’ I know. I’ve been there.

If that happens to be you on either side of that equation, hear those words. If you’re on the receiving end, hear those words because they’re true. Maybe, however, you’re on the giving end, and you know somebody that you’re worried about, know that there’s nothing that you can do to change them. But you can give them hope by just using those simple words: ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s going to get better. There is help.’

  • Rob

    This story needs to go away.

    • CaptainWhitebread

      You go first.

    • Jeff Lambeau

      CaptainWhitebread is right. You can go away first.

      • Rob is a douche

        Agreed douche.

    • Today22011

      Stop thinking about it and sign off.

  • Thomas Golembiewski

    Am I the only one who remembers all the Hate he brought against Christians, conservatives and Republicans? He used his talents and the platform that gave him to mock the miracles in the Bible. Was he faithful to his wives? I truly hope he repented before the end and I’m sure he did good things in his life also, but maybe a balanced assessment of who he was would be more honest and compassionate.

    • Nate Tom Meier

      This is the most idiotic thing I’ve read. This isn’t about politics, or religion. GTFO.

      • Thomas Golembiewski

        Do you ever wonder what the mega acceptance he enjoyed does to you? The ‘Deal with the Devil’ many entertainers claim to have made leads them where ultimately? How can you separate God from this man’s end? I don’t get how you could say this isn’t about religion.

        • http://www.queremossalud.com/ Eric Waldron

          Thomas, based upon your remarks, I take it that you can’t give the poor man the benefit of the doubt and hope that he enters the kingdom of God?

          • Thomas Golembiewski

            I don’t know-Do you?

          • Jayne Nielsen

            Only God knows the heart of a man. But let me ask you this… do you think Ted Bundy is in Heaven? According to, I believe Dr. James Dobson, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior before he was executed. So anything is possible.

            And do not judge lest you be judged.

          • olf

            Good answer. I too, hope Robin had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I’m not going to make any off color comments as that is between him and God. I hope he’s saved. That is a walk that only we can take, no one can walk it for us.
            It’s a one on one conversation with God.

          • genann59

            The Bible quite clearly states that repentance and salvation can come right up to the moment you die. So if Bundy repented and accepted Christ he is likely in Heaven. That is why the Bible says some of the last will be first and some of the first will be last. And we are not to stand in judgement of anyone, because as you said, only God knows the heart of a man.
            I had some friends who ran a prison ministry and they befriended a serial killer who accepted Christ and then felt so guilty for the crimes he had committed that he refused any appeals on his death sentence. I corresponded with the man while he was on death row in Texas, and truly believe he had accepted Christ and that I would likely meet him in heaven, should I get there as well. As the Bible states, the angels in heaven rejoice so much when a person who seems destined for hell repents and is snatched out of the hands of Satan.
            As far as Williams, I do not compare him to the criminals and I know he loved and served our troops and apparently was a supporter of the State of Israel. People are complicated beings and to judge on one or two points, especially political points is rather petty. I hope the man is at peace, hope he is in heaven, and hope to meet him once I get there, if I make it myself.

          • olf

            Thank you for your honesty. I’ll serve while God takes care of the judgment.

          • MikeInMaine

            That was beautiful.

          • sunandfun

            Very well put. Looking at all the trouble this country is in at the present time, we should ALL think the same way as your beautiful statement represents. If Americans don’t change the way this country is heading, we will see a lot more of what the news is showing now!

          • MikeInMaine

            THIS^ Great closing arguments, Jayne! 😉
            Judge not, lest you be judged. I just said this to my mom and aunt (VERY devout Christians who study their Bibles every day!!!) as they were condemning someone over petty “faults” that they can’t even begin to appreciate. One thing I cannot stand is a hypocrite. Especially a religious hypocrite.

          • MKB56

            Man, people. I hope no one is “idolizing” Robin Williams. No one is to be idolized except God. Glenn was expressing feelings and sharing memories. How’d religion get into it? Williams is someone that unfortunately took his own life. Let it go. People are JUST reminiscing. :)

          • Thomas Golembiewski

            I hope everyone enters the Kingdom but I know the Scriptures say that not everyone will.

    • Robert John Pease

      So a man dies and because your a conservative Christian who is upset at him you think the world should just forget his talents…..I thought the church taught us to forgive and let God judge man on his sins……sounds like you need to ask for forgiveness from your maker now

      • Thomas Golembiewski

        So you are judging me? Nice. I don’t know nor could I judge his final destination. I hope he is with the Lord. His quick witted talent and the fact that he entertained you does not give me or you carte blanche to make him into an idol.

        • janetspillows

          You must not have a heart. Just because people think someone was a good person and an amazing actor doesn’t mean they are idolizing. I happen to love God and his son Jesus and would never idolize anyone,but them. But sometimes there are humans who make a difference in this world and we should acknowledge them. You are pointing your finger at someone you didn’t even know personally. I doubt you are perfect and I doubt you are without sin. Only God has the right to judge anyone. If you are such a good person then why are you posting negative remarks? The least you can do out of respect is to keep your comments to yourself. If you didn’t like Robin Williams that is your prerogative, but I suggest that you don’t bash him when he never did anything to you.

          • Thomas Golembiewski

            You accuse me of not having a heart and then tell me not to judge. Really. I don’t have to be without sin to know that the man made fun of Christians. Why would that not bother you? Shouldn’t it bother you if you ARE a Christian?

        • Susan Nixon

          The following is from a book Getting Free by Bert Ghezzi. This particular passage is about Grudges.

          Nursing grudges is a serious stumbling block in the Christian life. Constantly calling people’s offenses and thinking of ways to pay them back create a steady drain on our spiritual energy. Bitterness prevents us from receiving the Lords power. It blocks our release from problems that afflict us.

          Only rarely do we succeed in damaging an offender more than we damage ourselves. The harder we try to get back at someone, the more we get hurt. As our mind reaches out in search of revenge, bitterness reaches into us, plunging it’s massive, expanding tentacle deep within us. Daydreams of getting even devour our time during the day. At night we lose sleep to our hurt feelings. Resentment is a spiritual tapeworm that nourishes itself at our expense. Too often we are willing to feed this parasite.
          *****
          God calls us to show mercy to others. Although this approach makes sense on one level, it can be fatal to us on another. If it’s feasible to hold others to a standard of strict justice, it’s equally reasonable to hold ourselves to the same standard. Had the Lord demanded payment for the debt we piled up because of our sins, it would have cost each of us our lives. Death would have been only fair punishment for us. What else could we expect?

          The Lord, however, dealt with us according to a different standard, the standard of Mercy. He was not put off by our sin. In the face of an endless inventory of wrongdoing and direct defenses against His Person, He sent His Son to and ignominious death to cancel or debt to Him…

          if we want the Lord to release us from our wrongdoing, we must release others from the wrongs they have done to us. This is what we pray in the Lords prayer. Instructed by Jesus himself, we ask the Father to bestow the same measure of forgiveness on us as we bestow on others. If we have been stingy with our forgiveness until now, we had best hasten to become more generous. We ought to understand the consequences of praying the Lord’s prayer. We don’t want to commit ourselves to a limited measure of forgiveness and mercy each time we say, “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

          If we are harboring resentment, grudges, or bitterness against others, the New Testament commands us to put them away. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God and Christ forgave you.”

          • Thomas Golembiewski

            How was I trying to get back at Robin Williams? I agree with everything you wrote. How could I pay him back for the really mean stuff he said on stage? Did I tell a lie about him? If so produce it and I will apologize. I’m not so worried about the opinion of the world that I can’t tell the truth about hateful things he said. While were at it what about all the people who were influenced by the stuff he said about Christians, the Bible, and people like Sarah Palin. You think some of that could have eternal implications for his audience?

    • Justin Van Eaton

      People who suffer depression tend to lash out at those they feel threatened by, and even those they don’t. They need an outlet for their pain. As a Christian, like it or not, you signed up to be a receiver of that pain.

      • Thomas Golembiewski

        I don’t disagree. Does not mean I cannot inspect the fruit. “You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:16.

        • Guest

          It disgusts me to see someone who is acting so unloving to be quoting God’s word…

    • Jeff Lambeau

      Who gives a crap. The last thing I care about a person is what stupid religion or political party they are a part of. Those two things do nothing but divide people and build hatred. Robin Williams changed peoples lives for the better with his roles and his comedy. That, for all its worth, is enough.

      • http://www.movieguide.org FilmDoctor

        There’s no excuse for vicious ridicule or slander. That said, sometimes comics cross the line from comedy and satire into meanness or even “hate speech.” That’s just the nature, an occupational hazard, of that profession (as it sometimes is in political speech). Also, in recent years, Robin seemed to lay off some of the more hateful comments I heard from him. Whatever the case, Truth needs to be a standard in every thing we do.

    • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

      But he was still a human being. Show some respect to the dead.

      • Thomas Golembiewski

        I’m sorry he killed himself. I notice no on disputes what I originally said. I think a little balance is in order.

        • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

          He may of done all those things but he is just a man and I done worse before I came to Christ. My point is he is dead why keep kicking a dead horse?

          • Thomas Golembiewski

            Because I’m not a self hating conservative who wants the world to like him so much that I will put up with the abuse lefties dish out.

        • janetspillows

          You’re not sorry at all. It’s obvious from your negative statements You are her to argue with everyone and say unkind things. It’s people like you that destroy the good that is on the earth.

          • Thomas Golembiewski

            Again with the judging. I’m not surprised he killed himself but I’m not happy about it either. Why would anyone be?

        • PixelPusher777

          There sure were, but you left the blog too soon…

    • landofaahs

      Ultimately his greatest hate was for himself. It seems a very common trait for liberals. It is a mental disorder. Not that non-libs don’t commit suicide but when nothing is greater than yourself, you have nothing to ground you.

    • lindamay

      When I heard of his passing I immediately thought of his disdain for conservatives and while I wish no ill will on his family and would not go out of my way to put him down, I feel you needed a “thumbs up” for saying your piece and bringing a little reality to bear. Yes, Robin Williams entertained the masses. He didn’t tickle my funny bone but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he was supremely talented. God bless those he’s left behind. What a sad ending.

      • Thomas Golembiewski

        Thanks. I was only trying to say that if you are a conservative or a Christian this guy was not someone who liked you. He may have even hated you.

        • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

          He was a Lib-Prog after all, they are mentally imbalanced by nature…it is a brain disease.

          • PixelPusher777

            How do you know? Are you a doctor?

          • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

            No, but a doctor made that statement…Google it.

    • janetspillows

      What a horrible thing to say. If you have nothing nice to say please don’t say anything at all. Don’t pass judgement on someone you didn’t know personally. We are all sinners so look at yourself first before you judge anyone.

    • MikeInMaine

      You know, I was mourning the loss while ALSO feeling a creeping pondering of Robin’s leftism – or was he? And I must say that I am particularly spiteful toward the biggest retards in this world being these lemming tools who mean to denigrate those of us (conservatives) who are ten times more intellectual than they will ever comprehend…… BUT… I stopped myself. I loved Robin Williams regardless. I KNOW that he was a MEGA-genius who was light-years ahead of any other comedian and was AS brilliant as ANY of the best actors – instantly (upon getting a serious role)!!! I’m a movie and actor buff, and I’ve thought for decades that DeNiro, Pacino, Nicholson, Hopkins, and more recently; Daniel Day Lewis… are heads and shoulders above most everyone else. And surely, there are a few dozen who can be mentioned right beside them. It’s all about opinion anyway. But I felt that in Robin’s 1st foray into a whole drama, (I believe it was “The World According to Garp”), and then “Dead Poet’s Society”, and THEN “Good Will Hunting”… this dude was SO FREAKIN’ AMAZING.

      But you know what else??? You are just a dink. We should try to live by the old ethics axiom; “If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything” sometimes. Don’t you have anything good to say about this BRILLIANT man today? Even as he suffered a tremendous malady that you shouldn’t bestow upon your worst enemy (unless the object of your HATRED is hurting you or your loved ones DIRECTLY)… he gave his time and money to children’s hospitals and our troops overseas!! VERY OFTEN!! I think I’m a particularly angry old dink sometimes, due to my disgust with our nation’s direction, and quite a few things not going so well for me anymore… (waaaah is me) but fercrissakes man!! Do you have no empathy at all for your fellow man??? I wish that jerks like you would fall into a seriously BLACK cloud of depression just so that you can APPRECIATE walking in that poor man’s shoes. Maybe for the rest of your life – would be good.

    • PixelPusher777

      True he mocked God, but who among us has not also turned their backs on the loving creator? We’re all sinners. Please allow God to do the judging. Sure there are those who hold repugnant political beliefs, but that is in no way a reason for not loving them. We as Christians are to love everyone, even our own sinful selves…

    • cloudstrife8

      Thomas Golembiewski. He did that because it was his job as a comedian to make fun of things, big or small. He, himself, was a practicing Episcopalian which, by the way, he made fun of.
      The point of these tributes is not to look for the bad, if any. The point is that he gave laughter and joy to others, knowing it gave HIM joy. The fact that we, his audience/his fans could not see his pain just shows that we, the human race, need to understand more about depression.
      He will always be my role model as a person, and he will always be my inspiration to pursue my dreams as a future voice actor.
      The world is a quieter, less funny place without the comedic genius of Robin Williams. My heart and prayers go to his family.
      God bless.

    • barbarafromnyc

      Maybe, just maybe, his anti Christian stance was due to his expecting God to cure him and not finding that cure in his life. Just saying. He was a leftist – few in the entertainment industry are on the right. Seems the people that entertain us are super sensitive types that feel sorry for everyone/everything that doesn’t go the way they think it should go. No surprise there.

      Judge not lest ye be judged –

  • Landree

    Robin was one of the greatest talents to have lived. His mind fired at light speed. In him we experienced the limits of humor, tragedy, passion and compassion. I will miss his inspiration.

  • Michael Johnson

    I am wondering if he was taking anti-depressants.

    • NOLIKEO

      Anti-depressants can help but they won’t stop someone that wants to die, IMO. Heck, half the country is on anti-depressants. I took them for years, as depression runs in my family. It helped but it’s not a cure.

  • West_Coast

    One way or another, Hollywood will get you. Too bad it was Mr. Williams.

  • Dr. Kathy Bigby

    WOW Glenn……. I admire and respect you SO MUCH. What a wonderful commentary on Robin Williams and his struggle with depression and alcoholism; a battle you yourself have had. Thank you so much for sharing your heart and life so openly. I believe deeply that those brilliant, compassionate people around us, the best that humanity has to offer, are also those who struggle the most with the demonic. It makes sense. Who would satan want to destroy the most vehemently? The Robin Williams’ and the Glen Becks’ of the world, of course. They are the cream of God’s crop, and we MUST do all we can to keep them going. If you know someone who is struggling with an addiction, or depression, don’t discount them. Look at them through God’s eyes. and know they are HIS crowning accomplishments and we MUST hold them up. After all, God gave them to us to not only bless us, as Robin and Glen both have done, but to teach us how to be a good neighbor: it’s all about love. Robin, you will be SO MISSED!

    • Nancy Kay Johnson

      Glen, I too have fought clinical depression throughout my life. Twice I have had the suicide urge, but have received emergency help both times . That was what saved me. Everything that you have shared about your own tragic experiences and what happened to our beloved Robin is so true. If only our research on depression could be funded like Cancer and Heart disease. Depression is so misunderstood and it is a severe crippling disease destroying the lives ofcountless millions.

  • Danielle

    He made the world laugh and all the while he was crying inside. Some say that laughter is the best medicine but I suppose it depends on who is doing the laughing.

  • richard comisford

    I am all for holding Robin Williams high but what I have heard from Glen today, he is letting this drag himself through the bowels of despair.

    • MKB56

      Glenn was just sharing. It’s healthy! And when you’ve walked in the same shoes, you can identify SO WELL that it just has to be put on paper. The more you share, the better you can put your own past into perspective and put it on a higher shelf in your mind. Soon it becomes on the 100th shelf and so far in the past that you are cleared of those feelings. It’s healthy.

      • NOLIKEO

        Glenn is wise about so many things. I would guess that even though he turned his life around, that even Glenn battles depression at times. I’m not talking about Clinical Depression. I’m talking about the kind all of us get at times, sometimes for a day, sometimes longer. I wish that he would have that wonderful Rabbi he used to have on often. An incredible man. But maybe it’s not the time,
        since people are throwing the Jewish under the bus a lot lately, in this so called diverse country, it may inflame people. And maybe Glenn no longer wants him on. Don’t know.

  • martha

    Seriously, why do you have to make this about you, Glenn??

    • SBook2515

      There’s someone in my family who has experienced severe clinical depression on more than one occasion and tried to hurt themselves. People with clinical depression often don’t know how to get help, or don’t feel they are worthy of receiving help, and that isolation and helpless feeling consumes them until they take their own lives. Glenn’s experience could help encourage someone else who is suffering to seek help.

      • NOLIKEO

        I wonder if Glenn got professional help?

      • PixelPusher777

        I have no doubt Glenn’s talk saved the life of at least one person tonight. Yet he is mocked. Is there anything these detractors have said tonight that might be helpful anyone? A million ignorant comments can not compete with the goodness of what Glenn has done tonight…

    • yourpaled

      Yeah, I guess Glenn is also full of guilt. A person’s mind is a powerful thing, but when a person doesn’t have inner peace with himself, strange things can happen in the head. Like drinking, addiction or suicidal thoughts. This immediately reminded me of my best singers ever, Elvis Presley. Here was a “king” who was bothered by inside unrest and eventually it all caught up to him. Robin Williams was no better. May he rest in peace.

  • martha

    A man who brought so many so much laughter and joy with his life, now brings sadness and tears in his death. Awful shame.

  • Patriot Girl

    Adulating Robin Williams…. more of the unexpected from Glenn Beck… I can think of a lot more people that deserve the attention and acknowledgement…truly a Hollywood insider – certainly not someone high on my list of people to respect…. Thanks again Glenn for wasting our time with uselessness, which seems to be your specialty these days… I almost re-joined GBTV (cancelled about a year ago) – but held off due to Glenn’s unusual turn of late… glad I didn’t….

    • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

      Exactly, Glenn didn’t praise James Garner last week!

    • Today22011

      But you certainly are back here.

  • Pearls to Swine

    I am sure that R.W. is looking down and saying thank you Glenn !

    • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

      Well actually, he would be looking up from down below.

      • Pearls to Swine

        making people laugh is considered a great mitzvah. Once, the Talmud tells us, Rabbi Beroka was walking in the market with the Prophet Elijah. Rabbi Beroka wished to know who in the crowd had a share in the world to come. When Elijah pointed out two men, Rabbi Beroka asked them: “‘What is your occupation?’ They replied, ‘We are jesters, when we see men depressed, we cheer them up. Furthermore, when we see two people quarreling we strive hard to make peace between them’” (Taanit 22a)

        • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

          But, committing suicide is still a Mortal Sin!

          • Elena

            Acc’ding to some denominational teaching. The Bible does not advocate it when you mess up. Saul and Judas were not praised for killing themselves. Suicide is a sin when the killer is seeking a cheap way out of a self-made mess.

            However, a chemical imbalance in the brain can create the situation in which the person is no longer master of his own actions. Trust in the mercy of God in those cases.

          • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

            I shall trust in God. But, how do you know he had a chemical imbalance, were you his doctor? What drugs was he on?

          • PixelPusher777

            Apparently you were unaware that Robin has been suffering from depression and addiction for a very long time. He has even spoken of this in past comedy routines. The information is in the media. The man was sick. Why are you being so awful concerning a poor sick man? I don’t understand your anger. Maybe someone has condemned you in the past. As far as I can see here you might have a problem too…

          • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

            You must be a liberal-progressive. I have no anger or harbor ill will toward him. But when I make a statement you don’t like, you seem to get very upset…maybe you have a problem.

          • PixelPusher777

            No I am much like you and no I am not upset, just attempting to give you information so that your next post will be an informed comment. The problem with writing is that people cannot see one’s expression or how they convey their message. Peace brother…

          • Today22011

            Only God knows the state of a person’s mind in the final minutes.

          • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

            True, God will judge him.

          • NOLIKEO

            I read it depends on the religion. Look it up. Even the Mormon religion says something to the effect that sometimes it can’t be helped.

      • MKB56

        Either you didn’t like Robin Williams or you have some sort of an ax to grind. If he’s in hell then that’s where he is. Can anyone change that?? No. Will your continuous comments like that one change how much he was loved for his acting career? No. We get it. dot com.

        • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

          James Garner just died last week, he was a great actor…I don’t hear Beck praising him.

    • NOLIKEO

      Was Glenn a personal friend of Robin Williams? I didn’t know that! I didn’t hear his show today. What would he thank Glenn for? How did Glenn help him?

      • Watch it

        No, as Glenn said in the transcript above: “I didn’t know Robin Williams. But I think all of us felt we knew Robin Williams.”

  • landofaahs

    It’s always sad to see a person throw away what God gives as one of the most precious gifts of all; Life. It’s sad that some people end up hating themselves. As the saying goes, “No God, no peace. Know God know peace”.

    • MKB56

      I don’t know that Robin Williams hated himself. He had some deep issues. I don’t think he could find his way up from the bottom of the barrel. So many movie stars don’t need God (so they think) they just need the approval of others while on the stage. Well, the audience wasn’t good enough after awhile. Very sad – he was an amazing actor. Mrs. Doubtfire was very funny and I thought it took an incredible actor to pull off that character. I’m not going to think about where he is right now, just that he was who he was. In our fast paced, think of self first, move over I’m more important than you society, people don’t take the time to really “know” people, other than their family and many times they aren’t interested in them either. So sad. (Society I mean.)

      • landofaahs

        Really? People don’t kill themselves because they love and are happy with themselves. But you believe what you want.

        • PixelPusher777

          You folks keep looking at this through your own sane eyes. If it’s true Robin was experiencing bouts of heavy depression, then the ‘sane’ and happy Robin was not there at the time of the hanging. His mental wiring had broken. A ‘sane’ Robin would not have chosen this ending. Let’s have some compassion for those suffering from sickness which in some cases leads one to committing their own death…

          • landofaahs

            Dear Robin used to make fun of Christians who believe that sin is a sickness and that the only way to health is from trust in Christ and his salvation through the death and resurrection. Had he taken some of that healing advice, perhaps he would not have ended in tragedy. We Christians are trying to have compassion for others by telling them the truth. But just because some don’t like the message does not mean the message is not compassionate.

          • PixelPusher777

            Yes the Christian message is compassionate, but the way many are wielding the message it is not. Yes Robin blasphemed our God, but we have no idea whether he asked for forgiveness.

    • olf

      True statement.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    As a person who has lost someone real close to me two months ago to suicide I can see this he is right about everything and we should all pray for his family because believe me it is not easy to deal with.

    • NOLIKEO

      Who is right? I don’t understand.

  • elevenoclock

    At 5:00pm Glenn’s show is going to be about the dangers of addiction, WHY?
    Do you really think that people who are addicted or prone to addiction will learn something, did Glenn? No! Robin Williams committed suicide, end of story.

    If you want a real story how about all the people who surrounded him, all those people who claim to be his friend and what about his loved ones. I want to know why no one was there for him, I’ve been around people who were candidates for suicide and I could tell who was a likely candidate, and yes I helped prevent the attempt.

    Where were all those close friends who now try to gleen limelight from a human tragedy, that’s the real story.

    • NOLIKEO

      I read his assistant found him. It’s possible he had no real friends, just admirers. It happens to people of all walks of life.

      • elevenoclock

        I thought he was married with children. You mean to say they didn’t see this coming? You don’t leave people alone who have mental disorders or drinking problems, not if you care for them.

        • NOLIKEO

          His kids are grown and I read his assistant found him. I’m sure his wife had no clue that it was coming on a particular day. (Or maybe he was hiding it or it was impulse. It was before noon. There would be no suicides in a perfect world. I just read about a favorite comedian of mine (Richard Jeni) who committed suicide in 2007. His wife and him had been planning their day, she went downstairs to cook breakfast, everything was fine and she heard a gunshot. So it happens. Or I guess Robin Williams could be locked up permanently to keep it from happening. Had he agreed to that.

  • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

    Many commenters are stating he’s with God now and such. But, that would not be true because committing suicide is Mortal Sin. So, he would actually be in Hell right now (if you believe in it).

    • Lorilu

      Most people who commit suicide are sick, unable to see any other way. Do you really believe that God would punish a sick person by sending them to Hell?

      • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

        He should have sought out help, so yes.

        • Elena

          Are you God that you get to make that decision? Best to leave those decisions to the mercy of our Lord.

          • http://www.mrchrisg.com/ mrchrisg.com

            He took the easy way out, I will leave it to God to judge.

          • PixelPusher777

            If you are insane, meaning out of your mind, how can you be held responsible for your own actions? Your brain is not functioning properly, so you cannot choose rationally. Would you blame a blind man for falling off a cliff which he couldn’t see coming? Think mrchrisgdotcom. Robin’s mind was most likely incapacitated…

  • Jayne Nielsen

    I can see why Christians are considered “intolerant”. I have never read so many hate filled blogs (about Robin Williams) than on these Conservative blogsites. OMGosh…I have been chastised for honoring a man who brought laughter to multitudes of men, women, and cancer-ridden children. And he entertained our military… NOT once. NOT twice. But several times.

    Give it a rest, Thomas Golembiewski.

  • Joseph Chatfield

    Robin Williams was one of the greats

  • http://www.movieguide.org FilmDoctor

    Trust and Faith in God through Jesus Christ, and consulting/studying the Bible daily or as often as possible and praying frequently, also can help with depression, I think. We should focus more on those things as solutions. Also, there’s always someone out there who’s probably suffering more than you.

    • Elena

      Not when it’s chemical in nature, only when it’s a situational depressive incident. Chemical depression is a medical emergency. And Glenn is right, it’s a silent killer that slips up on a mind and spirals it downward. Sometimes, this clinical (brain chemistry out of whack) depression can start w/an incident or nothing particular at all.

      Talk therapy and prayer are quite efficacious when confronting mistakes/sin. However, prayer is not the short term solution for a chemical imbalance.

  • Jesusvision

    You nailed it, Glenn! Thank you. I have witnessed the insanity, the chemical imbalance, the break down in several members of my family. And the final lie that you spoke of, the one where they look you in the eye after you ask them if they’re ok, and they say, “I’m fine.” Then just days, just hours later they’re gone. But in reality, they were already gone. They had already crossed over into the break from reality. All emotion is gone. As you said, they’re “tired.” That is exactly how I have summed up the loss of my precious niece who was more like a daughter to me: “She was just tired.” And you’re so right about the insipid minds that ask all of the “who cares” questions. I didn’t want to know how it happened. I want to remember him as he was: as Mrs. Doubtfire with her face prosthesis in a cream pie; as the manic DJ in “Good Morning Vietnam” in which he improvised a large amount of the script;; and eerily, talking to a “higher being” at the end of each Mork & Mindy show, wherein, if I’m not mistaken, one of the first episodes he talked about fame and how it can “suck the life out of you.” So painfully prophetic . He was a kind and generous man. He and his family/close friends deserve comfort, privacy and respect. Praying God’s love, grace, mercy, and “peace that surpasses understanding.”

  • the tuna

    Glenn,you have become such a pathetic scrap begging for attention by association. If there iis a God your crap show will never appear on Comcast.

    • gregg

      Tuna, you are right on. GB (Rev. Jim Jones) made me see the light with the soccer balls to “the children.” He lied about more than twice the $ donated the day after He weeped on radio about needing much more $ for bears & balls for the few “children” there that 1 day. Where’s the rest of the $, Nostradamus? No date, no prediction! And get a damn haircut! How much of the last 5 books by “GB” did you write? FRAUD.

  • randds2

    “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we loved deeply becomes part of us”…. Helen Keller………

  • vkrhuntpatriot

    There is no sin greater than another for “All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God!” There should be no judgement about Robert Williams or anyone else from me, you or anyone. We are ALL sinners, even when we are saved by grace. Our flesh will always want to do the uglier things in this life no matter who we are. Jesus taught us to love one another even as we love ourselves. Where is the love in making judgements about Robin’s life and thoughts. He was gifted with a talent of making others laugh while he knew himself…like most of us when we are honest. He knew who he was and what he was and he probably died a little each day of his life knowing he wasn’t or couldn’t be honest with his fellow men and women. Hopelessness is a terrible thing when it brings you to the point of suicide, and I confess at times I have felt like I didn’t want to live anymore but because of my family and my girls I couldn’t do it. And now after 71 years I find pleasure in each day.

  • lindamay

    Here’s an interesting take as to what could have contributed to Robin Williams depression: Robin Williams – Uncomfortably Numb: Abortion Loss and Addiction

    http://www.priestsforlife.org/kevinburke/blog/index.php/2014/08/12/robin-williams-uncomfortably-numb-abortion-loss-and-addiction

  • Kevin Wright

    Grief is a process. The building blocks of grief are: shock, denial, anger, blame, sadness, withdrawal, depression, acceptance, forgiveness, and action. Many people, will be in different stages or portions of this process, in the coming days; MOST OF ALL THE FAMILY. I pray that friends will be there for them. Robin was a national figure, his life touched us all, and his death touches us all.

    I would love to celebrate his life, but I cannot yet bring myself to that. In time, I hope that I will. There is no wrong expression of grief, (grief, and all its components, just IS, a part of the human condition) no one of us, is superhuman enough to escape grieving. If you think that you are, that is called denial. Own it, see it for what it is. I am not ashamed to admit, that I am angry at Robin.

    In the coming days, many will be tempted to take their own lives, based on his example. I am just as angry, at Robin Williams as I am angry at the police officer, who killed the kid in St. Louis. Violence begets violence. We will not know, what the death of Robin Williams was truly about, until we are in heaven ourselves. God is reconciling every evil thing, even the evil that we do, in hurt, and ignorance, for his perfect good. Sometimes, mystics, and others, give testimony after a near death experience, about that place, we call limbo. In limbo, you cannot forgive yourself, for the evil things that you have done, the pain you have caused in your life. Based upon many experiences, such those dramatized in the recent movie, “Heaven is Real” limbo is real too. It is a place fixed, where a soul, can see this Earth, and heaven too.

    Do you doubt that there is a hell? What kind of hell would it be, to see from limbo, the pain of a NATION, not just your family, who grieve your loss? What kind of hell, would it be, if the ghost of Christmas future, would show you, with no chance of reparations, the consequence of your own murder at your own hand? What kind of hell, would it be, if Robin Williams, could see (like a Dickens Novel, like Jimmy Stewart in “Its a Wonderful Life” all the joy, all the good works that God had in store, had he chosen LIFE?

    Trust JESUS.

  • NOLIKEO

    I always thought Robin Williams was a genius at what he did. This is all very sad. I read that in addition to fighting depression for much of his life, plus alcohol, drugs, etc., he owes $30 Million in back alimony. Has money problems. He has a house in wine country that is worth that much, but couldn’t sell it, even dropping the price. (Not the one he died in). I would think the combination of all his problems contributed to him taking his life. Part of the problem with the entertainment business, some think their success and big bucks rolling in will last forever. And they spend obscene amount of money. Or they think they will stay married forever. In Calif., I believe it’s split half and half with divorce. The whole thing is sad.
    I’ve read some good things he’s done for people.

  • Joe

    What a tragic ending for this comedic genius. I was truly shocked when I heard the news while listening to Mark Levin last night. He was one of my favorites. Thank you Glenn for this touching tribute. You’re one of the best.

  • fawnday

    Only the people in Hollywood who are addicted to drugs and alcohol know why they are addicts. It seems to all of us looking in that they have so much to live for. But happy people don’t do drugs. Is Hollywood a place where mostly people who can’t make it in society hang out? That’s sad if that’s the case. Even though it’s said that suicide is a sin it’s also said that God gives second chances. People who do that to themselves get to come back and start over with a clean slate. Thank goodness Robin Williams will get his second chance. From what people say about his addictions, ongoing depression and owing tons of money it sounds like he needed it. Maybe, just maybe he had to be funny because he was bothered by just being alive and needed to escape.

    • NOLIKEO

      I think Hollywood is a hideous place. Robin Williams lived in Northern California.

      • fawnday

        He was part of that crowd, though. At least when he started all those addictions. Otherwise maybe he wouldn’t have. The anti-capitalism crowd might say that having too much money is the devil’s playground so who really knows why he started down that road.

  • erecon67

    What a loss and tragedy…Robin was a classic… laughing on the outside and crying on the inside..Love You “Mrs. Doubtfire” I am so sad. Thanks for the great memories. You will be greatly missed.

    • NOLIKEO

      That’s what he had, laughter on the outside, crying on the inside. His story and Glenn’s are entirely different. Totally different lives.

  • Something Is Wrong

    Nothing will drive you to suicide except insanity?! Glenn, I realize you were speaking off the cuff but you may want to rethink that statement. There are a lot of people suffering from PTSD who end up taking their lives and I would never label any one of them as insane. My own grandfather who served in WWII took his own life and from all accounts I have heard (I never got the chance to know him personally), he was definitely not insane.

    • NOLIKEO

      Agree with you. Think of our soldiers and what they go through. And we have a president that has no respect for them. I lost a brother in Vietnam.

  • Yo Mamma

    Ha, my comment was erase. Maybe because it was true. Maybe because Beck also considered suicide. And there is no shame in that.

    Robin is a hero for being successful in completing a task he wanted badly enough to do. Good for him

    • AmericanIrish

      Wow…

  • janetspillows

    Glenn, Your words are powerful. I’m so sorry that you also went through depression and thought of taking your life. Thank God you didn’t do that. You are an amazing person who matters to many of us on this earth. The world would be empty without you in it. I have been feeling such deep sadness since I heard about Robin Williams. He is the last person I would have expected this from. He was one of those human beings that comes once in a life time. Even though I never met him I feel as though I did. He was kind, funny, humble,caring and so many other wonderful things. I wish there were more people like him on this earth. And you Glenn, are also a unique person that God put on this earth to make a difference. You impact us with your words and inspire us to believe that we can accomplish anything with faith. Thank you for what you do and please don’t ever have those thoughts again. We care about you. I will miss Robin Williams very much. I hope and pray that God gives his family comfort and strength to get through this difficult time. Rest in Peace sweet Robin. We will never forget you. :(

  • ItalianScallion

    He was nothing but a depressed junkie alcoholic. Dont make a martyr out of him. It was noy his type that made this country great.

    • NOLIKEO

      I don’t think he should be martyred but if you see some of the things he did for sick people, troops, etc., and he did it without fanfare, my opinion is higher. In fact, I didn’t know all those things till today. Check it out.

    • AmericanIrish

      Not sure how anyone could like your post. He was a human being, clearly in a lot of pain. To be compassionate about the loss of a great comedic talent hardly qualifies as making him a martyr.

      • ItalianScallion

        He was a junkie alcoholic, plain and simple. No reason to put him on a pedistle

        • AmericanIrish

          And it would appear that millions of people, across the world, would disagree. .

  • zyggy

    This great human,Robin, was depressed ! Becouse of His sencibility of what happening to Oure world today!, were living in the biggest INHUMAN world ever! Just one gaze on whats going on on IRAQ.. Is enough to depress any Human beeing!

  • genann59

    One of the most profound things I ever came across on the internet was a sign on one site I used to go to. It said: Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. That has helped me and I have told other people about it and hopefully helped them. I have attempted suicide in the past, 40+ years ago and damn near succeed, in fact, once they figured I would not die, they told all my friends that they thought the brain damage was so bad I would never fully recover. But I did, enough to go on to finish my BA and go on to get a MA degree. Have not accomplished a whole lot in my life but have been able to help out several people who were in the degree of despair which had led to my own suicide attempt. There are times when you just get so low you no longer see anything that can improve your life, and suicide seems the only possible answer. I have discovered for myself, talking to God really helps, asking Him to give me strength to keep going helps. I think He really likes us to ask Him for help and He provides it quite freely. No matter how bad things seem, they will eventually change for the better. Not necessarily as good as you might want, but to a more tolerable level. Don’t throw in the towel folks, keep fighting the good fight. God really does know when He intends to take us home, don’t second guess Him.

  • NOLIKEO

    Just watched Robin entertaining the troops (probably before Obama) and a video of him with Koko the sign language gorilla. Very sweet. Look at it on Godvine website.
    For people that have never had clinical depression, it’s horrible. And I believe he was so deep into it, he couldn’t pull out. Very sad.

  • Richard Jones

    From someone who has “been there” as well, Glenn, and I had my ‘end of life’ all worked out.. it would be ruled a “horrible accident’ because I was in Law Enforcement and knew what the authorities look for in a death. Piece of cake.. put it into action and there would be nobody the wiser. But I reached out to my manager who put me in touch with a “shrink” and I had three sessions with him. Boring. Then I reached out to my pastor of my church. I also had three sessions with him. And after those last three meetings / discussions, I took the plan of my death “off the board”. I still had some issues to work through, no doubt about that.. but now I had a reason for going on. God gave me that reason. And as the years have ticked away, I have been able to give back to some friends what I went through. Hopefully it helped them. But I couldn’t give that hope to them if I had not been in their shoes. I am a firm believer that words such as “Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss” are most of the time shallow and meaningless. But if you’ve gone through what they are going through, then they are from your heart to theirs. I fully understand, Glenn.. Peace, my brother. Peace.

  • Heinrich Schulzz

    He was a Lib-Prog after all, they are mentally imbalanced by nature…it is a brain disease. Comments can’t be blank.

  • John

    Remember in Death To Smoochy Robin Said
    I refuse to live in a world in which the innocent suffer
    and the wicked thrive…..
    That is probably why he checked out.

  • Patriot Girl

    Hollywood to an overwhelming degree is much of what is destroying America… rotting us to the core… and Glenn thinks this depraved actor/insider should be the “man of the week” for killing himself, or is it the alcholism or that he likely did so many evil things in his life that he couldn’t look in the mirror anymore… I think his financial troubles were just a symptom of the whole man… Glenn, is suicide a praise-able act these days… I thought it got one a rapid trip to hell… maybe you… the godly man, might want to talk about that for a bit… burning in hell for eternity is hardly a quick way out of ones troubles…

  • thedogwalker

    According to some reports Williams and is wife did not sleep in the same room.

  • barbarafromnyc

    This is the best article I’ve read on why Robin Williams committed suicide. Thank you Glenn Beck. I’ve seen posts calling Williams a coward and selfish and wrote back to say they are not understanding what he was going through. None of us were – even though he let us know that he was dealing with internal demons in many of his performances. It slipped by me, I can honestly say that. The comedy was so rapid fire that it just never occurred to me that he needed help. I wish those that were helping him would have recognized the point he was at and did something to save him. We truly lost a comedic genius, a great actor and a wonderful humanitarian who gladly gave to others. He will be missed by all! Perhaps with explanations such as this one by G. B. those that are suffering will get the help they need and their friends/ families will realize the risk in not doing anything – and get involved, if they haven’t already. One last thing – the more people know about how depression gets to the point of wanting to commit suicide the better, the more public the mental health profession is about treatment options the better, and the more the mental health profession educates families about how to help, what to look for the better. These would be the best ways to remember Robin Williams – he would want this for all of us.

  • John

    People are saying Robin was a liberal/progressive ? So what ?

  • FiineTapestry

    Robin Williams thought Glenn Beck is insane, and thanked John Stewart for showing it peacefully and lovingly… no hateful rhetoric or anything:

    http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/rdpyii/robin-williams

  • Dave Pavano

    Glenn, and to all of you…
    Yes there is hope. Yes things will get better! Don’t let your mind take that hope away from you!
    Glenn, not going off that bridge was an act of bravery not cowardice. I loved Robin Williams as much as anyone else on this planet, maybe even more as he has been my favorite comedian and actor, but his suicide was the ultimate act of cowardice and selfishness and I refuse to respect anyone for that! What kind of example does it set to those that knew he was going through depression? Not only that but he was the spokesperson for depression!
    I’ve suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts since I was a child but I believe in God and know where I would end up if I committed suicide so I carried on.
    It wasn’t until 24 years ago when I was 38 that I got bombarded with Major Depression. It didn’t come slow, it hit me in the middle of a grocery store like a ton of bricks! All I wanted to do was die! I was totally obsessed with the thought of dying. However I would never commit suicide. I couldn’t do that to my wife and I didn’t want to spend an eternity in Hell. That and something someone once told me when I was a teen that got me off the idea of suicide, That if you died today- you’ll never know what life would bring and how things would turn out and how you could be a great benefit to others. There is a reason why we are here and it’s not about ourselves. We are here to build a life with others and because today so many only think about themselves we end up wallowing in own own thoughts and depression magnifies that to the nth power!
    Hope? I can say I’ve battled 3 major bouts of Severe clinical depression. It took me awhile but I learned how to fight it and the last bout was 12 years ago when I decided, no more! I finally found a doctor that was aggressive as I was and I can honestly say that I have been depression free, with the exception of a couple weeks a year before winter and after winter, but I’ve learned to ignore it because I always know that there is light beyond the the dark clouds and it absolutely does get better. People who suffer through depression need to know there are tools inside us and medical help on the outside. We need to reach inside ourselves and find the fight in us and muster up all the strength we can and exercise that strength everyday to fight the battle. And everyday you fight it the stronger and stronger you get and you will break free.
    One of the most important tools is to start caring for others and help them solve their problems. Plus start doing things that keep your mind at work solving problems, learn things that challenge you and these things will get you out of your own head.
    There will be a lot of let downs from people you help but do not expect anything in return. You are not just helping them, you’re helping yourself. Be a blessing to others and maybe they will pay it forward and be a blessing to others in need. Jesus was the perfect example. That example is why God put us here…