RUSH: Nobody Knows Why Robin Williams Committed Suicide

RUSH: This is Bruce in Augusta, Georgia, great to have you on the program.  Hi.

CALLER:  Rush, it’s absolutely an honor to speak with you.

RUSH:  Thank you.

CALLER:  I agree always with about 99.3% of what you always could say.

RUSH:  Well, you need to call the Sullivan Group ’cause we haven’t heard from them in a while on my opinion audit.  I’m beginning to wonder if they’re still in business.

CALLER:  I’ll do that.  I just wanted to make a quick point.  The first time I heard about Robin Williams and the suicide, the first thing that really stuck with me is I remembered this is the man that stood shoulder to shoulder with Christopher Reeves, right after his accident where he was paralyzed, and he was with him the whole time. He helped raise money for his Christopher Reeve fund, stood with him and his family, was there with him. I mean, I can’t even tell you how many pictures, if you just Google it, how many pictures they are side by side with each other. But he was in the presence of true bravery and perseverance, seeing that.  And if he can’t get inspiration from that, I’m sorry.

RUSH:  He was probably offering some inspiration and bravery to Christopher Reeve. In addition to just being around it, he was probably offering some.

CALLER:  I’m sure.

RUSH:  Well, just to refresh your memory, there was a story yesterday on the Fox News website.  It was a local, Fox 41. Wherever 41 is in this country, Channel 41, Fox, wherever that is, ran a story. It is on their website, and it said that one of the reasons that Williams committed suicide was he had “survivor’s guilt” because his close friends died young and he was guilty that he didn’t, and one of them was Christopher Reeve. 

The other was Andy Kaufman, and then John Belushi, and he felt guilty.  So said the story.  He had survivor’s guilt.  But here we’re back to: Nobody knows.  If he was on medication, have you ever seen some of the warnings and side effects possible with some of these? Zoloft is one. Well, anything.  (interruption) No, the depression medicines, these re-uptake inhibitors, whatever the hell they’re called. 

If you look at some of the side effects, “suicide tendencies”? The point is we don’t know.  I’ll tell you something else.  I’m probably gonna get nailed for throwing this out there, but nobody knows.  He didn’t leave a note.  So everybody’s just guessing — and the learned types are guessing depression, associated with his genius.  That’s another thing.  You can’t be genius and normal.  If you are a genius, you’re whacked out somehow. 

That’s the only way you can be genius, particularly creative genius.  You’ve got to have something wrong.  You’re so unique, that kind of genius, you gotta be, oh, different.  You just can’t be normal. There’s no such thing as a normal genius, according to the media today.  But what if…? Have you seen pictures of Robin Williams — late, recent pictures?  A lot of weight loss there.  Gaunt.  You know, what if there’s a physical reason involved?

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