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Henry Rollins apologizes for suicide article
Aug. 24, 2014, 6:03 AM ESTRocker Henry Rollins has issued a public apology for publishing a controversial article about suicide following the death of funnyman Robin Williams.
The former Black Flag frontman sparked outrage by writing a divisive column titled "[Bleep] Suicide" for the L.A. Weekly newspaper. In the essay, he criticized those who take their own life, including Williams, who killed himself earlier this month after a long battle with depression.
Rollins wrote of the star, "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."
However, Rollins has now issued an open letter, titled "An Apology," through his website to say sorry for his comments.
He writes, "The article I wrote in the LA Weekly about suicide caused a lot of hurt ... That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me. It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result ... I am not asking for a break from the caning, take me to the woodshed as much as you see fit. If what I said has caused you to be done with me, I get it ... I am deeply sorry. Down to my marrow. I can't think that means anything to you, but I am. Completely sorry. It is not of my interest to hurt anyone but I know I did. Thank you for reading this."