Lee Marshall
Lee Marshall, the voice of Tony the Tiger, died at the age of 64.
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Sadness at the loss of so many talented people. Sadness, even more so, by those who chose to end their own lives. Depression, manic depression, the darkness, often unable to go outside and participate in the daily things in life, often can lead to taking one's life. Suicide is having nothing left to lose. When you get to that point, a place I have been several times, it seems the only way. It seems like the last act to hurt yourself, but let those around you escape further pain. Your are alone, you want to be, you don't want to tell anyone what you plan to do, they will stop you. You want to end, what to you, has become an empty, worthless life, that often has inflicted pain and heartache on your family, those who love you. You believe this act will allow them to move forward with no further pain or heartache from you. We need to find a way to help the person check back into reality. To help the person realize all is not lost, there is another path, more opportunity, your life is worth something, if nothing else, share your story with others to help them avoid the life ending emptiness. As an example, in Good Will Hunting, we see Robin Williams play a part of himself, he was able to save Will, free him front he chains of his abuse, allow him to move on in life, by sharing his own abuse. For those of us who have been abused, we need to be told "it's not your fault". He made him see there was value to his life, one worth living and pursuing. Undiagnosed and unmedicated I destroyed my life and ended up where Robin Williams was. My attempts where unsuccessful. Since my diagnosis with manic depression in 1999, having survived suicide attempts, being repeatedly raped by a priest, jail, I have found that there are always other paths in life. Everyone's life is a gift, one worth sharing. I was devastated, shell-shocked by Robin Williams suicide. I was sick, to close, to real. At the time I wrote something, which I will share here. In the end Robin Williams' eyes reflected the emptiness he was feeling. The disconnect with the world. I have been there, unsuccessful, and you do what you need to do to carry on, find purpose, a reason to be here, perhaps a new path to embrace. My daughter said to me, maybe it was a mistake, maybe he didn't really want to do it. I thought to myself, yes he did. Out of madness comes creativity. Robin Williams had a greatness in his craft. An ability to make us all laugh, when he was crying inside. While this is a difficult time for everyone, saddened by his loss, especially those of us suffering from depression who are still here, and are scared by this, we must remember the gifts Robin Williams gave us. The laughter, the fun, the ability to put our own day to day troubles aside, and laugh. He was selfless in his giving, when at times he probably had nothing left to give. Let's remember him at his best. Laugh today, love today, hug today, because God knows, there is someone near to you, or a total stranger who needs it. Wayne Bardy earlier this year shared his story, I share my story, so many others, because this illness does need to be brought out into the open. People need help, not ridicule. Yes it is misunderstood, but needs to be understood, because it is treatable. It is nothing to be afraid of. Many very successful people were manic depressive, Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Kay Redfield Jamison and many actors and actress’ amond them Catherine Zeta Jones. Understanding starts the healing. Wayne Brady has started the healing. Glenn Close has helped start the healing, many others. Out of darkness comes light. Let’s continue the conversation to bring those who are suffering into the light. Sean Murphy
Marblehead, MA

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I didn't know Marcia Straussman died.. What of?
Yeah, winters was one of a kind

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If I could have one back it would be Johnny Winter......