Robin Williams Comforted This Woman After Her Husband's Suicide
This woman has opened up about the time that Robin Williams consoled her after the suicide of her husband.
Kate Lyon Osher wrote in The Mighty about the chance encounter.
After her husband, Greg, took his own life, she began travelling all over the world in an attempt to scatter his ashes in the places that he had requested.
She explained: "Post 9/11 it wasn't always easy to get a Tupperware of your late husband's ashes through TSA security, and at LAX one afternoon I found myself on the receiving end of an agent with a power trip like no other.
"After several threats telling me I was going to have to toss the ashes and me going ballistic and falling into hysterics and finally having a real cop come in and look at the death certificate I always carried with me, I made it to the airport bar still crying and clutching my little container.
"I sat in a corner table facing the wall so no one could see how hysterical I was, with my whiskey on the rocks providing support, and I felt a hand on my shoulder. A soft voice stated, 'Miss, I just want to be sure you are OK. I see you are traveling alone, and I saw what happened, and I just really want to be sure you are OK'.
"Through my tears I could place the voice but couldn't actually believe Robin Williams was just casually strolling through LAX and would actually take the time to stop to see if I was OK."
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She explained her situation to him, and he replied: "Addiction is a real bitch. Mental illness and depression are the mother of all bitches. I am so sorry for all the pain your husband was in. I'm so sorry for the pain you are in now. But it sounds like you have family and friends and love. And that tips the scale a bit, right?"
It turned out they were on the same flight and Robin entertained her by gently taking the piss out of the same agent who'd made her cry earlier. She explained: "In a playful way, though. Not insulting (even though the guy totally deserved to be insulted). He told me I had a wonderful laugh. A beautiful smile. And when we parted ways, he hugged me. With his famously hairy arms, he gave me a huge, warm, bear hug, and it sustained me. It was a moment I think about all the time."
What an amazing man.
Suicide is the number one killer of males under the age of 45 in the UK and males are three times more likely to kill themselves than women.
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