Oh God. We were all hoping for the best, but the worst has happened–Joan Rivers has died.
After a “routine” surgery on her vocal chords last week in her doctor’s office in Manhattan, Joan went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers has released a statement regarding her beloved mother:
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,”
“She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.
“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
If we take a moment to truly think about the impact Joan had on women in comedy, it’s obvious there wouldn’t be a Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Jessica Williams…Joan fucking paved the way. You know and I know it.
Leave it to Daveto give the BEST tribute to his friend of 38 years, Robin Williams last night on The Late Show With David Letterman. Dave gave a lovely personal, sweet yet funny remembrance of the man who made all of the now great comedians shake in their sneakers at The Comedy Store in Hollywood back in the 1970s, when they were all hungry to get a laugh or two.
Dave’s acknowledgement of Robin’s impact on the world–and on him personally is really worth the few minutes for you to watch…
Photos/Videos via YouTube/CBS/WorldWidePants
I’m sure I don’t have to remind you of Letterman’sfirst show back after the horrors of 9/11. He made us all feel a little more united as a country by being the first late night host to return to his TV desk, and successfully talked us through our collective pain. If you have forgotten how emotionally moving Dave’s monologue was that night, I’m going to post it now. David Letterman is also one of a kind.
God Bless Robin Williams and may you finally feel peace, and thank you David Letterman, for being YOU.
Good God. Robin Williams is dead of an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. Williams had been battling severe depression and had recently checked into rehab for alcohol abuse. Police reported that Williams was found unconscious around noon in his home in Tiburon, California, north of San Francisco, after responding to a 911 call.
“Williams was best known for his starring roles in classic comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning, Vietnam and Jumanji, but also in dramas like Dead Poets Society. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He rose to fame while playing Mork the alien in the TV show Mork & Mindy, a Happy Days spinoff.
Most recently, Williams had starred in the new CBS sitcom ‘The Crazy Ones.’ It was cancelled after just one season. At his time of death, a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire was in the works.
Susan Schneider, the actor’s wife, released the following statement to the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff:
“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. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
As our own Taylour Chanel so eloquently writes (below) of how depression is REAL (and how it can get the best of us), I will include myself in the full knowledge of the creeping, deep darkness of Clinical Depression. Personally, I suffer from PTSD (stemming from childhood abuse) and I, too realize how this torment can just be overwhelming at times. We hear people say, “snap out of it!” or “what do YOU have to be depressed about?“–and I pray that someday we won’t hear those unkind, thoughtless words thrown around so carelessly.
Depression needs to be discussed in school–maybe then it won’t have such a stigma attached. Perhaps a suffering young person will TELL teacher or counselor about their inner turmoil. Otherwise, depression sufferers will continue to self-medicate, put on a happy public face, then crash. Don’t ignore the early signs if they are presented to you. — Julia
Commentary By: Taylour Chanel, Beauty Editor for Dipped in Cream
“I don’t know why this was the first reaction I had to Robin Williams’s death, but here goes. All of you should know by now that I rarely post, much less about celebrity-related things. Look, I’m not going to sit here and act like I knew him, or the scope of his influence, or memorable movies, I’m not like that. But, what did hit home was how he passed. I had such a genuine emotional reaction that it surprised even me, but, I cried. Not because of Robin Williams himself (okay maybe a little,) but because suicidal thoughts are such a real, and honest struggle that so many people deal with.
Truth be told, that since last year I have been having the most intense battle with depression and panic/anxiety I have ever had. If it weren’t for the small number of people closest to me as well as starting my business, I hate to even say this to the whole interwebs- but I truly don’t know if I would be here today. For me, depression is an illness that had been there for a long time. I only noticed however, after I’d pushed myself too far and had a break down at my old job that something was wrong. For others it could be anything- an awful personal event, harsh comments on social media, or sometimes just not having someone to talk to that leads them to a dark place. It makes my heart hurt to even begin to think of the people who may not be as fortunate as I was to have someone to help them through their struggle. Help the people around you, if you notice something is wrong, try to love them through it have patience. I don’t care if we hardly even know each other, but please talk to me if you feel you have no one else to talk to. I hope Robin Williams’ death is perceived as less, “WHO WILL PLAY ROBIN WILLIAMS IN HIS BIOPIC?!!!?” and MORE about the reality that ANYONE can succumb to mental illness, and EVERYONE needs support, love and encouragement. I truly hope Robin Williams has found peace.
I have love in my heart for all who might read this, thank you for letting me share a very personal part of my story with you.”