The Water Cooler – Robin Williams’ Suicide

August 14, 2014 12:00 pm · 33 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Although the Marin County Sheriff’s Office says the release of information was required under California public records laws, could you have gone without hearing the graphic details of Robin Williams’ suicide, or did you want to know how it happened?

Talk about it….

Brian August 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM

I don’t really mind hearing that. You have the choice to hear how he did it or not.

What breaks my heart is he had Parkinson’s, and having someone in your family who has that, it’s really tough to hear.

TinFoiler August 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I’m not sure what a man Robin’s size would be doing with a 5 foot long belt, that’s what it would take to tie a knot at both ends – Can’t see that being possible with a 40 inch belt.
How was there a story leaked several hours before about Williams falling 50 feet to his death, coincidence? Or the Family Guy episode airing – Coincidence?
Yes, release the details. Too many lies & cover ups.

Enfield303 August 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM

TMI. Death by hanging would have been enough.

Tom August 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Yes, I could live without the details. But I understand the media as well as the CA Public Records Act. I’ve had to deal with it professionally.

It’s up to me whether or not I read or watch the news.

KAD August 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

It is not our business to know the details. They released way too much information.

Anon777 August 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I don’t need all the details; just saying suicide is sufficient. It’s really nobody’s business. On the other hand, sometimes putting it all out there is good for shutting people up instead of them speculating.

I think it’s really sad that people are harassing his daughter on social media. Leave them alone!

Eddie spaghetti August 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Details?……I haven’t heard any details

Tracy August 14, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Unfortunately their are now graphic images circulating the social media sites the captions are stating they were leaked by either a crime scene tech or someone at coroners office…I refuse to look at them and was told they are now disappearing off the internet…his daughter also closed her twitter account..due to messages and photographs..too much info for me.I think the nicest thing someone said was that Robin Williams died from mental illness. I think we need to remind ourselves..he had an illness…..lupus, diabetes, MS..they all cause other problems that can lead to an individuals death..I personally need to know nothing more August 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Tracy, those photographs were not of Robin Williams.

Incognito August 14, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I think it’s a normal response to something like this to say, “What happened?” Whether there were too many details released or not, I don’t know. I do know I cried when I heard the details. It broke my heart to hear he ended his life because, as we all know, he always “appeared” to be a happy person. Clearly, he had a lot of pain inside.

Some people need to know more to get closure. My only wish in all of this is for people to be sensitive to his family.

Frambley1 August 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I did go without hearing graphic details of his death. Why would anyone seek that out? I also went without watching the video of Tony Stewart’s incident. As some above said its a choice. The last time I searched out the grizzly details of someone’s death was when I watched the video of Oscar Grant getting shot. It was disturbing but I wanted to see it for myself in order to have an idea of what happened. I can’t imagine doing that again.

Way to go tinfoiler ( post #2)! People just cannot let something like this happen without making a mockery of it. As my HS math teacher used to tell us coincidence is more common that it should be. Then went around the room to find out there were like 3 pairs of people with the same birthdays. ….Ooooh what a conspiracy that was…..

Mr. Pink August 14, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I like to know details.

anonanonagain August 14, 2014 at 1:11 PM

In this day of the information superhighway, people want to know the most intimate details. We know that he committed suicide, that would have been sufficient enough information for me. Society has a morbid curiosity about the famous and the dead. Let him RIP and his family have some privacy and respect…….

aClaycordian August 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM

The release of the information wasn’t the problem. The propagation of it by media outlets, especially ones where it fell well outside their scope (cough, claycord, cough) was the problem.

Atticus Thraxx August 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I don’t know Mayor but aren’t you doing the same thing? Your latest post describes his mental health struggles. That’s okay but when you hang yourself it’s too much?

This guy August 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM

He hung himself, what else is there to know?

debdvo August 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM

When it was just reported as “asphyxiation” I heard speculation buzz right away that it was prob autoerotque asphyxiation- so I am glad that they released more so that people could know he had evidence of freshly cutting wrist and fully clothed to dispel the rumors. But in most cases I don’t need to hear people’s private business.

Dorothy August 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM

My question is why is there a law that says such details must be made public? Beyond basic data does anyone other than family, medical, and officials involved in the investigation really need to know every little detail?

Hearing that he was in early stages of Parkinson’s, on top of his depression, does add a tiny bit of understanding of why he did this.

Random Task August 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM

lol media is run by the dems and they use shock and awe to move their lemmings where they want em to go ………..gratz August 14, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Atticus, that wasn’t the question. The question was whether or not you could have gone without hearing it.

bored@work August 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Who cares?? I liked Robin Williams as a comedian and an actor just like everybody esle but it just makes me sick that everyone shows so much concern when a celebrity dies but no concern whatsoever when a “regular citizen” does. Follow the news everyday and you’ll see heartbreaking stories all the time of someone dying or being killed and people just blow it off. Like a celebrity is any more important than anyone else? People should focus their concern closer to home. If we cared as much about the homeless, those less fortunate than us IN OUR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS the world would be a much better place. Just my 2 cents….

Nuttsie the Nutter August 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM

What I find amazing, and quite frankly it is getting somewhat old, is the ability of the fanatical conservatives on here the ability to make any story a slam against Obama.

Random Task and YYZ, ring a bell?

Jesse August 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM

I’ll admit it; I was curious, so I read the details. It’s human nature, I think. We want to understand why it happened even though something like this is ultimately inexplicable. Media outlets spread the details because people want to know.

I get why stuff like this is public info. We don’t trust our government when it says “Trust us that there was nothing suspicious here. You don’t need to know the details.” In this case, sure, we all understand now that there was nothing suspicious about it and we can say it would have been better to leave the details private, but in other situations that’s not the case. We want to know if it was murder or Ebola or a CIA hit. We want to know that the government isn’t covering something up. The only way to ensure that is to make the details available to the public.

TMI August 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Saying he hung himself would have been adequate enought information for normal people.

Unfortunatly, there are too many abnormal people who need to hear the gritty details.

Ph res August 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM

I think the public could be informed of his death, but whether to release the how and why… should be a decision for his family, since they are the ones who still have to deal with the idiots of society.

Concord1963 August 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

PH res @26 I agree.

Atticus Thraxx August 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I stand corrected Mayor. To answer your question, I guess I’d rather know than not.

VikingPrincess August 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Well folks….HIPPA does not apply with workers comp nor in the aftermath.

No. Not necessary. Give his family some privacy – why from the jump start? Details come out later anyways…even without this law.

Although, I do feel that this is an opportunity to get people educated on something most do not understand, therefore they ignore or shun. The details were not needed to get the discussion going.

A quote by Robin Williams. Don’t know how to send the picture of him I have with it, so I’ll type it to you.

” I used to think the worst thing in life is to end up all alone. Its not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone”

-Robin Williams


I would like to know the details August 14, 2014 at 6:01 PM

what bothers me is that the details are presented to the public by any number of sources repeatedly to the point of distraction.

Local and regional as well as national news repeat the same story with different words for days on end before other news that may have a more urgent need to be broadcast.

I know its all about the money. That’s why I contend that journalize is a dead profession. Those who most loudly call themselves journalists are the lest likely to be anything other than how to be shouting heads with a chip on their shoulder lowering any standards of integrity that they may have remaining to even lower levels in the name of ratings.

Julio August 14, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Enough is enough. I don’t need every detail however, the detail about Parkinson’s explains the whole thing to me. Now he has peace, let’s leave the family alone.

SKS August 14, 2014 at 8:28 PM

The more details the better. It’s all about “transparency”, right? If the details were not provided then the conspiracy theories, right or wrong, would be all over the web anyway.

Let’s hear the definitive answers… every bit of it regardless how “offensive” it may be.

Mac August 15, 2014 at 7:40 AM

I think the media has gone way over board with his passing.
Way too many stories, telling us way too much.

It sad he passed.
But do they need to spend so much of their program time on this subject ?
With a tape running below it, saying more things about it ?

RIP Robin….

RunDogRun August 15, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Absolutely! I believe it should
be completely up to the family
to decide what informetion
regarding their loved ones death is
released to the public. No one
is asking the local authorities
to lie — just show some discretion …
and respect for those of us who
prefer to grieve privately. Channel 7
KGO ran this story into the ground
and broke it off in the interest of
ratings … utterly disrespectful.

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