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KUSA - All of the tributes to Robin Williams can induce what experts call a "contagion."

Experts say that means people who are at risk of taking their own lives view the tributes as a romanticized version of his death. That can reinforce the thought that suicide is the way to achieve admiration and a fond remembrance.

One example is a local woman whose son killed himself after becoming enamored with a magazine that featured a cover story on Kurt Cobain shortly after his death. That's one of the stories Scott LoMurray, the deputy director of Sources of Strength, shared Thursday morning on 9NEWS.

All of the tributes to Robin Williams can induce what experts call a "contagion." 9NEWS at 7 a.m. 08/14/14.

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