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We must learn from star's death

THE death of Robin Williams continues to provoke debate, even as his fans worldwide accept the reality of his passing.

Everyone has their favourite movies, but I especially liked his performances in What Dreams May Come, with its depiction of what the afterlife might be like, and Jakob the Liar.

I treasure scenes in the latter movie in which his character pretends he's receiving news (from a non-existent hidden radio) about advancing allied armies drawing closer by the day, giving hope to the oppressed Jews in the ghetto, for whom hope could mean the difference between life and death.

People close to Robin Williams have asked that he be remembered for his creative genius.

Perhaps his life, and death, will also serve as a reminder that hope needs to be kept alive, and that whatever the problem, suicide is not the answer.

JOHN FITZGERALD

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