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The tragic death of Robin Williams is another poignant reminder that even those who are blessed with fame and wealth aren’t immune to depression and thoughts of suicide.  By now, you’ve heard the statistics on TV; men between the ages of 40 and 65 are the most likely group to take their own lives.

Here at the Hawk, that hits us close to home.  The majority of our audience consists of men from 40 to 65.  We’ve also lost several rock legends to suicide.  Among them, the late, great Ronnie Montrose, who took his own life in 2012.

Then there was Boston singer Brad Delp, who succumbed to depression in 2007. Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch shot himself in the chest in 2012.  And of course, we all remember Kurt Cobain’s passing in 1994.  Can you even imagine all of the great music we would have heard if Cobain were alive today?

The list is long: Michael Hutchence, Sid Vicious, Elliot Smith, Nick Cave, Wendy O. Williams, Del Shannon, and many more.

Sadly, depression affects even the most talented, creative, and successful among us.  Especially when that depression is combined with addiction.  If you know someone who is hurting, let ’em know that you’re there and that you care.  We can only hope that this latest tragedy will help encourage others not to take their own lives.

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