On August 11, 2014, beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams committed suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, California. The 63-year-old had been secretly struggling with Lewy body dementia — something his wife believes was a huge factor in his decision to end his life.
News of the tragedy spread like wildfire shortly after Williams died. Many headlines described how he’d hanged himself with a belt, later detailing his battle with depression. Unfortunately, as Mother Jones reports, Williams’ highly publicized death may be the reason for an alarming rise in suicides in the following months.