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Is Hollywood doing enough to shield troubled stars?

Published on Aug 15, 2014 12:21 AM
Besides Robin Williams (top left), who was found dead this week in an apparent suicide, the list of stars who took own lives or who succumbed to addiction is long and includes Philip Seymour Hoffman (top right), Heath Ledger (bottom right) and Brittany Murphy. -- PHOTOS: AFP, SHAW, CATHAY-KERIS FILMS,  COLUMBIA PICTURES

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Robin Williams' death has confronted Hollywood once more with the troubles haunting some of its stars, despite the movie industry's efforts to improve mental health support for its employees.

The list of stars who took own lives or succumbed to addiction is long, and includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, River Phoenix, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe.

Others have survived but struggle with alcohol, drugs or depression, like tabloid staple Lindsay Lohan.

Lena Dunham, the young comic star and creator of the Girls series, took to Twitter to eulogise Williams, one of the most accomplished and recognised actors of his generation.

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