In an interview with Fusion Live Wednesday, comedian and actor Marlon Wayans commented on his belief that Robin Williams’ suicide was likely linked to antidepressant use.
Williams, who tragically took his own life Monday, had been battling depression as of late according to several close friends. Wayans, a longtime associate of Williams, is the first Hollywood actor to bring up the important connection between antidepressants and suicide.
“I think there’s something in these medicines that people are taking for depression that’s making them depressed and making them commit suicide,” Wayans said. “I don’t think it’s depression. I think it’s chemical… He was such a joyful dude.”
Wayans’ comments appear to confirm that Williams did indeed use antidepressants, a topic Williams himself causally joked about during at least one recent interview.
“He’s so mellow,” Williams told Entertainment Tonight, describing producer David Kelley. “Talking to him is like taking a Prozac because you feel, you just feel good.”
While drugs like Prozac may cause temporary relief for some, countless studies have found an undeniable link to suicidal thoughts, a side-effect even mentioned on the drug’s insert.
“Pooled analyses of short-term placebo-controlled trials of antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and others) showed that these drugs increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-24) with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders.”
Despite antidepressants being present in countless tragedies, the topic is almost never brought up by major media outlets.
“Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the pharmaceutical giants who produce drugs like Zoloft, Prozac and Paxil spend around $2.4 billion dollars a year on direct-to-consumer television advertising every year,” Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson notes. “By running negative stories about prescription drugs, individual networks risk losing tens of millions of dollars in ad revenue.”
Others, such as the Washington State Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness (ICFDA), concurred with Wayans’ analysis as well.
“After specializing in adverse reactions to antidepressants and testifying in cases for almost 25 years I will say Marlon is exactly right,” a post by the group reads. “Hopefully in Robin’s passing it will wake up the world and save many lives! But what a terrible price to pay in order to learn this!”
Alex Jones, who has been exhaustively warning of the dangers of “suicide pills” for years, questioned whether Williams had been taking antidepressants only one day before Wayans’ comments.