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Armstrong Psychology professor speaks on Robin Williams' death

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The news of Robin Williams' death has shocked the world, and now WTOC takes a deeper look into the death of the beloved actor and comedian.

It is still too early to know for sure, but Williams' media representative said he battled severe depression.

Williams was open about his struggles, often referencing them in interviews or making jokes about them. It's hard to think of someone who always seemed to be smiling, laughing or making people laugh could be having suicidal thoughts.

"We should not confuse people's public persona with what they are in their private lives and all that they're going through," said Armstrong State University Professor of Psychology Dr. Jane Wong.

Medical examiners said Williams died of asphyxia due to hanging.

Dr. Wong said if you know someone who talks about suicide directly or indirectly, take it seriously and help them seek help.

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