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The tragic death of legendary funnyman Robin Williams, in an apparent suicide, has stunned fans, media and the Hollywood community. For more than 40 years, Williams has been a mainstay of American comedy and film; from his days palling around with Richard Pryor as an up-and-coming L.A. stand-up to his lovable portrayal of Mork on TV’s “Mork & Mindy” to his critically-acclaimed performances in such classic films as Dead Poets Society, Awakenings and Good Will Hunting.

Authorities found Williams’ body at his home in Tiburon, California, and the 63-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after 12 p.m. A representative issued this statement: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2012, an estimated 16 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode, or bout of depressive symptoms, in the past year. So this emotional disorder is more common than many want to admit; but with the news of Williams taking his own life resonating so deeply, we must acknowledge that comedians seem to often battle these demons in the public eye.

Here are some other noteworthy funnymen who struggled with the demon of depression in various ways.

Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.

  • butterbeansuga

    someone said the other day that comedian most of them have emotional issue, pain under neath pain , they use comedy to mask a bigger issue they have , they dont believe in going to the doctor to be seen and treated JOHN BELUSHI ,, richard pryor, suffered with substance abuse , dave chappell is know to do crack he denys it but i believe he did it recreation and couldnt do that hbo show cause of his struggle .. and many more of them have hard issues steve harvey look how bad he treated his wife and beat his son .. but yet he somekind of role model ? huh the hood awards ? what a name for a cause a twisted way of him putting others down below him ?
    kevin hart look how he did his wife you could see the anger he had for this woman whom just wanted fairness form him he talked about her in his comedy skits to easy him concious he was messed up in the head .. nick cannon is strange too he lacks common since his body movements show a struggle within ,, if feel he will kill hisself is not treated …he is a train wreck and mariah is not paying attention at all .. she looney too .. her aging issues is getting the best of her poor thing …. comedians all got issue to me .. pay attention you will see it .. i always said robin williams seem fragile