Robin Williams committing suicide was a “very selfish act,” fellow actor Todd Bridges said of the comedian’s sudden death on Monday.
Williams was found dead on Monday afternoon, with reports that he took his own life.
Robin Williams was found in his home in Tiburon, California, and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said it “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”
Shortly after word of Williams’ death was announced on Monday, Diff’rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges shared his thoughts on the tragedy, saying that suicide was an easy way out of life’s problems. Williams was said to be struggling with drug addiction and an often crippling depression.
“You don’t think that my life has been hell and I’ve had so many ups and downs now?” he told TMZ. “If I did that, what am I showing my children — that when it gets tough that’s the way out? No. You gotta buckle down, ask God to help you. That’s when prayer really comes into effect.”
Before his suicide, Robin Williams had spoken openly about his battles with depression and drug abuse. He was a frequent abuser of cocaine, which he called “the devil’s dandruff,” and admitted that his addiction had a tight grip on him.
“It waits,” he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an interview. “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. Then you realize, ‘Where am I? I didn’t realize I was in Cleveland.’ “
Earlier this year, Williams checked into a rehab facility, with his publicist telling People magazine that Robin was “taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.”
While Todd Bridges may see Robin Williams’ suicide as selfish, many other who knew the actor were mourning his passing.
His wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.”
Schneider added: “As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
The death of Robin Williams has not been officially ruled a suicide, and the Marin County Sheriff’s Department said an investigation is underway.