Robin Williams: Hanged Himself with a Belt

I’m Catholic light: half the religion, half the guilt.

Tragic: Troubled actor Robin Williams was found dead with a belt wrapped around his neck about 11.55am in his bedroom - at least 12 hours after he had killed himself

I inevitably end up wondering about the faith of someone when they die. Turns out, Robin Williams:

… was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan.
Williams’ father was Episcopalian and his mother was a devout Christian Scientist. Though Williams is not very religious today, he considers the possibility that his mother’s faith and its idea of “mind over matter” helped him kick his drug and alcohol addictions.
It’s difficult to know when Williams is being serious about religion or if it’s all part of the act. He now seems to identify Episcopalian–like his father–which he describes as “Catholic light: half the religion, half the guilt.”
But God is often the subject of his jokes…

More here.

Dearest wish: A shot of the marquee at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood paying tribute to the late Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

He died of asphyxia by hanging.

Oscar-winning actor and renowned comedian Robin Williams hanged himself in his California home and died by asphyxia, a coroner said on Tuesday based on preliminary findings.
Williams, 63, was found dead by his personal assistant at midday on Monday, suspended from a belt wedged between a door and a door frame in a seated position just of the ground, Marin County’s assistant chief deputy coroner, Keith Boyd, told a news conference.
“Mr. Williams’ personal assistant became concerned at approximately 11:45 am when he failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door,” said Boyd.
“His right shoulder area was touching the door with his body perpendicular to the door and slightly suspended. Mr. Williams at that time was cool to the touch with rigor mortis present in his body,” Boyd added.
Officials also found a pocket knife near Williams and cuts with dried blood on his wrist that matched the knife blade.
Williams had been seeking treatment for depression, Boyd said. He would not discuss if had left a suicide note.
Funeral arrangements would be decided by the family…

Daily Mail has more.

Sad.

4 thoughts on “Robin Williams: Hanged Himself with a Belt

  1. this sad reality is that the ‘tortured soul’ does not escape the dreadful despair they find themselves in Life but rather, after suicide, relive and exist in this very state of Soul of which they thought to escape. they are not free…in life nor now in death. in fact, their state of affairs may be worse than before, because they now see their Life as God would see it and they experience all of the grief and anguish their suicide caused those who loved them – it is essentially a selfish act.
    we ought to pray for Mr. Williams – and souls like him – so his Soul finds rest and Peace–in Christ Jesus our Savior, Who Alone can free him at last – and only then will he be Truly Free!
    “Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may Your Perpetual Light shine upon him.
    May his soul and the souls of all the Faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in Your Peace, Your Merciful Love and Your Joy. Amen.”

    • @Margaret: The position you suggest has been the long past position of Catholicism toward suicide, and I would somewhat agree with it, but what of the quotes from Fr. Smuts from the Catholic Catechism? 2282 – “…Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.”
      2283- “We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.”

      It seems that people caught in this awful place, are more over the edge in their plight with the Adamic sin in this fallen world, then in their own choice to sin against God, at least in the personal and persistent sense of mere selfishness. Of course I speak in a general sense here. What do you think here?

      • Fr. Robert: first, I would say that I am totally in agreement with what Fr. Smuts quoted from the CCC and yes, it is indeed a “Spiritual work of Mercy” to pray for the living and the dead! The “long, past position of Catholicism toward suicide” was dim and hopeless, I agree and I was never comfortable with that. I recall (and I am of your generation) that a suicide victim was not permitted a ‘Church funeral service’ nor even to be ‘buried on consecrated ground’. This inferred no possibility of Salvation for the victim nor any Hope for the bereaved to hang onto. It is a good thing that the Church changed Her position on this!
        what I am speaking about though is from the ‘Soul’s perspective’, not a condemnation or a damnation of their Soul, but rather a ‘clarity in God’ of the darkness of their deed (regardless of their culpability of the act itself). I say that it is “essentially a selfish act” because it is a sin against the two greatest commandments of God: ‘Love of God’ and ‘Love of neighbor’ (but then ALL sin really is)! Not that the victim’s ‘Intent’ was to offend God nor did they think about offending anyone else, but in Truth – and God is ‘pure Truth’ – that IS what they have committed. That is why the Church has the ‘doctrine of Purgatory’ (I know, here we go again). The Soul sees Herself (Anima) exposed…and yet…God’s greatest attribute is MERCY! The greater purgation is to see – in greatest clarity – how the Soul offended God and experiences the pain and anguish Her sin/selfish act caused the ‘body of Christ’–Her neighbor! If the Soul is repentant and accepts Salvation, She is not lost forever! That is it in a nutshell!
        thank you for your challenging question, but the truth is, I pity the soul driven to such despair! I would like to think that if someone reading this be even remotely considering suicide, turn instead on their knees to God and PRAY – HE will always, always help them find a way out!

      • @Margaret: I must confess the more I am away from Roman Catholicism (many years now), and the more I see what it has done in so many so-called pastoral places in its history, the more I am convinced it is NOT the doctrine and so-called religion of Christ! Of course here I speak more of the Papacy itself, as the so-called Head and leadership of Christ! And this whole idea of the doctrine of Purgatory, is more pagan, than it is biblical! There is to some degree a “purgation”, but this is only for the true redemptive people ‘In Christ’, as we see in the doctrine and teaching of the Bema-Seat of Christ, ( 1 Cor. 3: 10-15 / 2 Cor. 5: 10). And yes, these are challenging questions! That we can only answer in both ‘the Doctrine of God’, and in God’s Holy Scripture itself! And as Scripture reveals, GOD is not going to save everyone, even In Christ! Scripture does not teach Universalism! And btw, it is here that the great Doctrine of God’s Divine Predestination and Election is so important! This great grace and glory is profoundly biblical! As taught by Paul especially, and Augustine, and many others… Aquinas included, not to mention the Reformation and the Reformed “theolog’s” and people! Note how far removed this great doctrine is now from the Church of God generally, and especially “Catholics”, Roman and otherwise! The Eastern Orthodox really hate this teaching, especially as it is seen in the history of the Reformation and Reformed!

        Sorry to be so blunt, but these are my own convictions and truth as I see and understand God In Christ, and His Holy Word, i.e. Scripture! 🙂

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