The great actor Robin Williams killed himself by hanging in the summer of 2014. Today his eldest son Zachary returns to this terrible drama as part of an awareness campaign.
It will be five years this year that Robin Williams committed suicide. On August 11, 2014, the 63-year-old actor was found hanged with a belt, his wrist slashed, in a room in his California home. Suffering from depression and alcohol problems, the hero of Hook , Will Hunting or Mrs Doubtfire had taken his life without leaving a letter to his family .
To help those who have lost a loved one in the same way, today Robin’s eldest son, Zachary Williams, has agreed to take part in an awareness campaign . Initiated by photographer Mariangela Abeo after her brother’s suicide, this campaign entitled Faces of Fortitude consists of a series of portraits and interviews of people who have experienced the suicide of a loved one.
Mariangela was extremely touched by the testimony of Zac (whose resemblance to her father is blatant ), and she shared some excerpts on Instagram: ” There is no education system that teaches you how to cope to that. How to mourn privately with your family, and how to deal with grief in the public eye , “notes Zachary. ” If it was a comfort to me to be listened to, I spent my time managing the surface, the appearances rather than my inner well-being. I had to mourn with the eyes of the whole world, “he says.
” But we can not be there for the others until we have done this work, as long as we did not accept his mourning in a personal way. It is very important to differentiate between public mourning and private grief . It’s something I would have liked to realize earlier … “In speaking today, Zachary hopes to bring some help and understanding to those who are also experiencing the drama with which he had to learn to live.