IT TAKES WHOEVER IT PLEASES.
Dale Winton, a household name here in the UK, albeit very quiet over the last couple of years, was found dead at home a few days ago.
Friends claim his depression had taken a firm hold over him during recent months and whilst we do not officially know the cause of his death, I think we can surmise. Although perhaps it is not right to do so – there is a message to be conveyed.
A recent conversation with friends stating ‘he had just had enough’, further propels me to believe he was in the throes of his dark illness and just could not see the light.
And all I can think of today is that, yes celebrities have ‘asked’ for their fame and yes, they are very privileged – but let us not forget that they are still people.
Dale had gone through the agony of finding his own mother dead some years ago, having taken her own life – and whilst the world saw a jolly soul, has friends knew that he was vulnerable.
So, people, when we see a ‘star’ going through public humiliation or messing up (like all of us humans do, a lot), let us not jump in there ready to throw stones.
Let us not exclaim ‘they asked for this life’, ‘they should take what they get’, ‘Goodness knows they get paid enough’.
Let us, above all, be kind.
They are just people.
The loss of Robin Williams all those years ago now, reminded the world, that a huge smile and some comedy genius, can hide great pain.
Rest in peace lovely Dale. May your pain be finally at an end.
And please, lovely readers, never let us forget that depression knows nothing of money, class, success or standing.
It takes whoever it pleases.