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Lessons of stigmas, stereotypes in Williams’ death

This Nov. 9, 2009 file photo shows Zelda Williams, left, with her father Robin Williams at the premiere of "Old Dogs," in Los Angeles.  Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at the age of 63.  The magnitude of the shock over Williams’s death has been matched only by the outpouring of grief for his loss. “I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay," said his 25-year-old daughter, Zelda Williams. "He was always warm, even in his darkest moments.” (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jamie Masada, the owner of the fabled Los Angeles-based comedy club the Laugh Factory, vividly remembers a warm exchange with comic Richard Jeni of the two sharing words of encouragement and gentle ribbing.

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Robin Williams’ public joy, private pain

This April 6, 2008 file photo shows actor-comedian Robin Williams speaks on stage at the "Idol Gives Back" fundraising special of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In public, Robin Williams shared only the joy he found in life, never the sorrow. He was the same man in private, shielding even longtime friends from the darkness of depression that finally enveloped him.

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