Charlie Brown and his “Peanuts” friends are iconic pieces of Americana. The adventures of the hard-luck Charlie and his trusty beagle Snoopy and friends have long been a staple of childhood. Since 1950, fans have followed the antics of this group of normal kids as they navigate the strange, scary world of adults.

Peter Robbins was the first person to bring a voice to Charlie Brown. Robbins took on the role as a 9-year-old back in the 1960s. Peter’s family has announced that the famed voice talent has sadly passed away. Insider noted that the cause of his death was suicide.

Robbins has been open about his struggles with mental illness. Peter dealt with bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia. In 2013 he was arrested and pleaded guilty to stalking his girlfriend.

Robbins spent a five-year stint in prison for making threats in 2015. Peter believed the experience made him a better person. Many believed he had an opportunity to turn his life around.

Peter Robbins became an advocate for mental health issues after his release from prison. Robbins did media tours urging people to take their emotional well-being seriously. Unfortunately, he was unable to overcome his own personal troubles.

The classic Peanuts cartoons remain popular to this day. Holiday classics like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” are enjoyed by new generations every year. Everybody at Thirsty is keeping Peter Robbins’ family and loved ones in our thoughts during this very difficult time.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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