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Mrs. Doubtfire gone? A bit on mental wellness

robinwilliamsRobin Williams, beloved actor whose comedic routines, many different facades and brilliant humor which has made millions laugh for many, many moons is said to have died this morning at the age of 63.

At this time I do not believe a cause of death has ruled, but the media mills are stating a suicide. I sincerely hope that is not the case.

Either way it is very sad indeed and I know the world has lost a talented, kind man.

Since I have battled severe depression over my lifetime I do know how overwhelming it can be and just how lost it can make someone feel. Even when your life is seemingly perfect and things appear to be going well there is this dark, consuming feeling of disparity and dread that you can’t shake. It makes me so sad to hear that Robin Williams, a man who brought so many laughs to others, might have been in that darkness. So sorry for his family and I pray for their healing.

The passing of a great actor, Michael Clarke Duncan

Most people remember Michael Clarke Duncan from his starring role in “The Green Mile” but one of my favorite roles of his was in “The Whole Nine Yards.” He played a funny mobster dude named Frankie Figs in that movie.

I cried for hours over “The Green Mile” and only saw it once, I don’t think I could ever see it again. It was a great movie, don’t get me wrong, but of movies I have sobbed over it is in the top 3. I cry at a lot of movies, I’m a total sap, but for “The Green Mile” I was a loud, sobbing, blubbery mess in the theater.

Sadly, Michael Clarke Duncan, age 54, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2012 due to complications from a heart attack.

Where might you have seen or heard Duncan? Well, other movies he has appeared in are Armageddon, The Scorpion King, comedies Talledega Nights, A Night at the Roxbury and even animated family flicks Kung Fu Panda, Cats & Dogs, Brother Bear.

Rest in peace, Michael Clarke Duncan.

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The Queen of Disco has Died; RIP Donna Summer

Driving home today it was warm so a lot of people had their windows down. Strangely I was hearing disco music while sitting at different red lights. Then I found it wasn’t really so strange, it was in fact quite sad. The reason radio stations were playing disco on this sunny May 17th afternoon is because Donna Summer has passed away at the age of 63 after a fight with lung cancer.

So when I picked up the boys and got back in the car I turned on my favorite radio station, 93.7 WSTW and was not surprised to hear ‘She Works Hard for Her Money’ blaring through the speakers.

Donna Summer was more than disco though her music was all the rage in the 1970s it never really aged. Her voice always had this sultry edge to it that people found invigorating and appealing.  Other Donna Summer songs we have loved throughout the years include “Hot Stuff” and “Last Dance.”

I am sure she will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come.

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Maurice Sendak, has gone to be where the wild things are

Beloved and pioneering writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) has passed away at 83 from complications of a stroke.

Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating Where the Wild Things Are.

Sendak was an early member of the National Board of Advisors of the Children’s Television Workshop during the development stages of the Sesame Street television series. He also adapted his book Bumble Ardy into an animated sequence for the series, with Jim Henson as the voice of Bumble Ardy.

Sendak chose the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to be the repository for his work in the early 1970s.

Fresh Air on NPR remembers Maurice Sendak in an article and podcast published yesterday which can be found here.

Awards and honors

Sendak was honored in North Hollywood, California, where an elementary school was named after him.

Adam Yauch, founding member of the Beastie Boys, has died

In very sad news, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away a couple of days ago ob May 4, 2012.

The musician known to fans as MCA was first treated for cancerous growths in his parotid gland and a lymph node in 2009 and subsequently underwent surgery and radiation therapy, which forced the delay of the Beastie Boys’ most recent album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. His illness has also kept the group off the road, and Yauch missed the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two weeks ago.

He was 47 years old.

Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel.

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Sorry to hear a good man has passed; Dick Clark

Dick Clark  (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012), the longtime host of the legendary American Bandstand, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and the man who embodied New Year’s Eve for 40 years, passed away yesterday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. He was 82.

The family has not yet decided whether there will be a public memorial service for the multifaceted Clark, although Shefrin said, “There will be no funeral.”

Clark’s “American Bandstand” work, which he began when it was a local TV show in Philadelphia in 1956, earned him the nickname “America’s oldest living teenager.” The dance show was picked up by ABC and broadcast nationally a year later.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Clark in its nonperformer category in 1993.

Former CNN talk host Larry King said Clark’s secret for success was his ability to be natural on camera.

“The hardest thing in the business is to be yourself, and no one knew that better than Dick Clark,” King said.

Singer Donny Osmond said Clark was one of a kind: “If someone cannot fill your shoes, you are a legend. And Dick Clark was a legend.”


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Whitney Houston singing and dancing elsewhere now

20120211-221936.jpgWith sadness we write tonight of the news that Whitney Houston, singer and actress, has passed away at the age of 48.

I loved her music growing up and spent many moments in leg warmers dancing to “Wanna Dance With Somebody,” which came out on a multiplatinum album Whitney in 1987 when I was six years old. Other songs like “The Greatest Love of All” and “How Will I Know” are favorites that one can’t help but turn up louder when they come on the radio.

We have not yet heard of the cause of death. Everyone who knew her is apparently quite in shock by the news. Aretha Franklin, her godmother, has said she is stunned.

We will always love Whitney even in spite of her struggles. She was an icon and her songs will remain legendary.

Such sadness.