High schooler behind viral laser-cat yearbook photo committed suicide




Draven Rodriguez, a high school senior whose viral yearbook photo showed him posing with his cat in front of a background of laser beams, has died. He was 17.

Local reports said the Schenectady High School student took his own life on Thursday night. A family member confirmed to Mashable that he had died, but declined to comment further.

Rodriguez’s quirky and unconventional photo with his cat Mr. Bigglesworth made waves back in September. And while it was not part of the regular senior portrait section, the photo was featured on principal Diane Wilkinson’s page to raise awareness for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady. Read more…

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Robin Williams Dead at 63 of Apparent Suicide, Social Media Reacts

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Robin Williams died August 11, 2014, as a result of an apparent suicide.

Actor Robin Williams, 63, was found dead in his home on Monday, August 11, 2014, the result of an apparent suicide by asphyxia.

Williams had long struggled with addiction and had, in fact, checked himself into a rehab facility in July 2014 in an effort to maintain his sobriety. It is unclear whether or not this history of addiction played a role in the suicide. According to a press release from the Marin County PD, a forensic examination is scheduled for August 12, 2014, with a toxicology testing to be conducted.

In a statement to the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff, Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, asked that, as the much beloved actor is remembered, the focus be not on his death, but on the moments of joy and laughter that he brought.

Robin Williams made a name for himself in 1978, starring as Mork from Ork on the sitcom Mork & Mindy.  After the series ended in 1982, he went on to have a very successful film career as well, starring in such notable films as Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets’ Society, and Goodwill Hunting. Williams also left his mark on the comedy world with such films as Mrs. Doubtfire, The Birdcage, and Night at the Museum. Proving his versatility, he could be found in many children’s movies as well, including Hook, Aladdin, and Happy Feet. Most recently, he starred alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar on the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, which was canceled after just one season.

Robin Williams’ death comes as a shock, the waves of which could be felt across social media as fans and fellow actors alike responded to the news.

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