Every movie lovers know the legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams. He was one of the most iconic and loved actors around the world. He has worked in various movies and television shows and entertained us with his outstanding acting. However, on August 11, 2014, news shocked the whole world. And that news was the death of Robin Williams.
Williams would have been turned 71 years old this July if he was still with us. This August will mark the eighth anniversary of his death. So how did Robin Williams die? was he suffering from any mental pressure? what does his family say about his death? all of the above questions will be answered in today’s article.
What was the life of Robin Williams?
Robin was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 21, 1951. His father owned a stationery store and his mother had many different jobs. They were married but divorced when he was 12 years old.
Robin attended Juilliard Academy of Performing Arts where he discovered that the stage is what made him happy; it’s something more than just a hobby.
After graduating Robin began working with the improvisational group, The Second City Touring Company in New York where he made many connections but also was told that comedy would not make him rich and famous like the other actors at this time.
This is when Robin decided to go into stand-up comedy which eventually led him to Hollywood!
How did Robin Williams die?
On August 11, 2014, Robin Williams was found dead in his stepson’s bedroom. According to various reports, he hanged himself in the bedroom with a nylon belt. Sources also say that he seemingly tried to cut one of his wrists before he hanged himself. He died in his house in Paradise Cay, California, United States. Williams was 63 years old at the time of his death.
According to The Sun, the 63 years old actor was misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s which led him to fall into depression. After examining his body it was stated that there were no traces of alcohol or drugs in his body but only a limited amount of prescripted drugs.
It was concluded that Williams’ death was a suicide resulting from “asphyxia due to hanging”. After his death, many people paid tribute to him including 44th US President Barack Obama.
He was suffering from diffuse Lewy body dementia
Diffuse Lewy body dementia causes a progressive decline in mental abilities. It slows one’s response and also causes depression. Many people think that he decided to suicide because of misdiagnosis. Furthermore, he admitted himself to Minnesota for alcohol addiction.
The first symptoms of the disease appeared in October 2013 according to Williams’ widow Susan Schneider. She said, “Robin was losing his mind and he was aware of it… He kept saying, ‘I just want to reboot my brain” there is also a book “Robin” which revealed how Williams’ lost his confidence, cried daily, and said that he forgot “how to be funny” before his death.
According to Susan, Williams seemed fine a day before his death. She said that Williams had not read or watched television in six months but the day before his death he grabbed his iPad and Susan thought that it is a good thing and thought that he is in a good mood. Sadly, she found out about her husband’s death a day later.
Furthermore, he was already dead when police arrived at the scene so there was no effort made to revive him and he was declared dead at 12:02 p.m.
After his death, his ashes were scattered at San Francisco Bay.
Robin Williams’ Battle with Depression
Robin Williams’ life was no less than extraordinary. He battled alcoholism and drug addiction in the past but got clean 20 years ago after he realized that his life depended on it. The battle with drugs led him into depression which later eventually lead him to suicide due to having heart disease when he died at 63 years old. His wife confirmed the cause of death by telling people who didn’t know about what happened previously that Robin’s lifelong battle with depression caused him too much pain which ultimately made him want to end his own life because
In 2014 he revealed his lifelong battle with depression when he said “Do you ever have that feeling where you’re not sad but its kind of like your brain is telling you ‘oh yeah this isn’t good?’ And I’m living a half-life.”
His wife Susan Schneider confirmed the cause of death to be suicide due to his history of depression and heart disease. Robin had been sober for 20 years after being addicted to cocaine which led him to depression and being hospitalized. Robin was quoted as saying “I always thought there is going to be a cure, I am not going to die from this.”
Robin’s son Zak talked about him
Zak Williams talked about his father’s condition back in July 2021. He said on The Genius Life podcast, “What I saw was frustration, what he was going through didn’t match one to one [with what] many Parkinson’s patient’s experiences, so, I think that was hard for him.”
Furthermore, it was not known before Williams’ death that he was misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Zak also said,”There was a focus issue that frustrated him, there were issues associated with how he felt, and also from a neurological perspective he didn’t feel great, he was very uncomfortable.” He also mentioned that his father’s death really affected him and he suffered from mental health.
“At least from my lens, what I found was someone who was having challenges performing his craft. And that was really irritating for him, when you’re performing, it goes beyond pride in what you’re performing, it’s your livelihood.” Zak explained.
Furthermore, Susan also talked about her husband and wrote a paper where she explained her husband’s Lewy body diagnosis.
“As you may know, my husband Robin Williams had the little-known but deadly Lewy body disease (LBD). He died from suicide in 2014 at the end of an intense, confusing, and relatively swift persecution at the hand of this disease’s symptoms and pathology,” she wrote in the paper.
Currently, Zak is working as a mental health advocate.
Robin Williams’ Impact
Robin Williams became one of America’s most beloved comic actors who had an amazing ability to disarm audiences from around the world. His TV roles ranged from playing Mork on ‘Mork & Mindy’ (1978) through several seasons of his own self-titled series as well as being “Dr.” Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting (1997).
He also starred in many successful movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Good Morning Vietnam, and Happy Feet just to name a few! Robin Williams was one of those rare talents who made millions laugh not only with the hilarious characters he created but from the stand-up comedy he had been performing for several years before his big break on TV.