In the nearly 1,000-word article, published on Aug. 21 with the title “F--- Suicide,” the always outspoken Rollins praised Williams for his work as an entertainer and humanitarian, but lambasted parents who choose suicide. He took it a step further by writing that he regards people who kill themselves “with a bit of disdain.”
“When someone commits this act, he or she is out of my analog world,” he said. “I know they existed, yet they have nullified their existence because they willfully removed themselves from life."
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In his apology, Rollins wrote that he had been answering letters from people all over the world who took issue with the essay. “The anger is off the scale and in my opinion, well placed,” he admitted.
He also addressed his own struggles with depression. “Knowing what I know and having been through what I have, I should have known better but I obviously did not,” he wrote. “I get so mad when I hear that someone has died this way. Not mad at them, mad at whatever got them there and that no one magically appeared to somehow save them."
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Rollins said the website apology will be followed by another LA Weekly post on Monday (Aug. 25). “I wanted to get this out at this moment,” he wrote. “I am deeply sorry. Down to my marrow. I can’t think that means anything to you, but I am. Completely sorry.”
Rollins isn’t the first celebrity to receive backlash after expressing his thoughts about suicide. In mid-August, Kiss member Gene Simmons was slammed by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx for his insensitive comments about suicide in an interview with SongFacts. Shortly after, Simmons apologized for his controversial remarks.