The following might be insensitive, and I don't mean for it to be: I really do feel for Robin Williams' family and friends, and that he had depression? The whole thing is tragic.
But... Last night, during Jeopardy, ABC News inserted a Breaking News Bulletin. Robin Williams had died, possibly a suicide, at age 63. More details to follow.
Was I shocked? Yes, but not because of the death. I'm sorry, this wasn't "Breaking News". It's news, but worthy of interrupting another program? No.
Because Robin Williams, while a wonderful actor (his work on Homicide was amazingly understated and real throughout, unlike virtually any other role you saw him in) and genius-level comedian, was not any of those. Or a presidential assassination, or another September 11, or a plane being shot down, or any number of other events I could name.
The news is broken.