Well known as someone who speaks his mind, Henry Rollins recently agreed to discuss the death of Robin Williams.
Penning a piece for LA Weekly, the former Black Flag frontman responded with an article titled 'Fuck Suicide'.
Controversial from the off, Henry Rollins criticises those who commit suicide. First, he states that Robin Williams has left behind a grieving family:
"How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children? I don’t care how well adjusted your kid might be — choosing to kill yourself, rather than to be there for that child, is every shade of awful, traumatic and confusing. I think as soon as you have children, you waive your right to take your own life. No matter what mistakes you make in life, it should be your utmost goal not to traumatize your kids. So, you don’t kill yourself."
Noting that many of his personal heroes and heroines have committed suicide, Henry Rollins reveals that this act lowers them in his eyes: "I have many records, books and films featuring people who have taken their own lives, and I regard them all with a bit of distain."
Concluding, the punk icon wrote: "Almost 40,000 people a year kill themselves in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In my opinion, that is 40,000 people who blew it."
"Fuck suicide. Life isn’t anything but what you make it. For all the people who walked from the grocery store back to their house, only to be met by a robber who shot them in the head for nothing — you gotta hang in there."
Read the full article HERE.