Robin Williams' final pictures: Hollywood actor looks frail as he visits art gallery a day before his death
Aug 15, 2014 09:58
By Lucy Buckland, Claire Rutter
The photos were taken as the late actor and his wife attended an art gallery reception on Saturday night near his Bay Area home.
The last known pictures of Robin Williams have emerged showing the late Hollywood actor looking frail.
The photographs, obtained by TMZ, were taken as the comedian and his wife attended an art gallery reception on Saturday night near his Bay Area home - his body was found on Monday.
A local artist who had his works featured at the event told the website that the pair were there for an hour and seemed in good spirits.
In one photo, you can see the Hook actor dressed in black trousers and a black polo shirt and wearing glasses, smiling as he talks to a group of people, while his wife stands close by.
Another, taken from behind, shows him looking drawn and frail as he carries a black coat under one arm.
I'm going to have to look up that Actor's Studio interview.
As Lipton reveals, Williams's installment of the series was the first-ever two-hour episode: The actor actually spoke and performed for the audience for over five hours, but Lipton and the producers simply couldn't bear to edit the performance any shorter than two hours, according to the DVD extras.
Lipton was unable to even ask his first question for the first nine minutes of Williams's appearance, and it took seven minutes for him to get to his follow-up.
Finally, the part of his appearance that's passed into legend: Lipton confirms on the DVD commentary that one member of the audience was actually taken away in an ambulance after the show, having developed a hernia from laughing so hard at Williams.
At the end of it all, it's none of our business what or why he chose to depart.
"Unstudied?" You gotta be kidding!
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States found the rate of suicide for people aged 35-64 increased 28.4% between 1999-2010. For men, the greatest increases were between the ages of 50-54 and 55-59, at rates of nearly 50% each.
“The actual numbers are throwing this curveball at us,” said Dan Bilsker, a clinical psychologist in Vancouver who has spent 25 years working with suicidal patients at Vancouver General Hospital. “Something new has developed socially here, some new phenomena is happening. We don’t really have the wherewithal to understand it.
A lot of the prevention campaigns have been targeted to teenagers, he said, or to the population in general, with little gender or age-specific information beyond that.
But that’s partly because “the research really hasn’t been done,” he said. “If I were giving out research funding, I would be asking people to do extensive, real research and exploration with middle-aged men to find out what might be the factors that would be driving them to suicide? What are the stresses that are particular to that point in life, even to people who’ve been objectively successful? What might cause someone to feel subjectively that they’re failing or that they have failed?”