Robin Williams’ profound acting and comedy moved the entire world to tears.
Despite his own difficulties, he had an incredible ability to make people laugh. It would be an understatement to say that Williams’ life was extraordinary.
On August 11, 2014, the news of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams’ suicide shocked and upset people all over the world.
Williams died of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), a neurological disorder characterized by the formation of protein deposits known as Lewy bodies in nerve cells in brain regions important for cognition, memory, and movement, according to the autopsy report (motor control).
Many people were taken aback by Williams’ lifelong battle with Parkinson’s disease.
LBD’s degenerative nature meant that it would gradually rob Williams of his ability to remember, move, and live. Only he knows the depth of his anguish and sorrow before deciding to end his life.
Susan Schneider, Robin’s wife, played a never-ending game of whack-a-mole with his symptoms. She claims that while they were frantically searching for a cure for the mysterious monthly illness, no one told them what was wrong.
Billy Crystal, a close friend and actor, noticed the drastic change in Williams’ appearance. “I can no longer be funny,” Robin confided to Crystal one day, as Crystal revealed. At work, he had a panic attack and thought he’d never be able to make people laugh again.
Williams’ condition deteriorated as the end of his life approached. On set, the actor who could memorize thousands of lines without a hitch struggled.
People with Lewy body dementia may experience visual hallucinations as well as shifts in awareness and focus, according to the Mayo Clinic.
He was having a terrible time, which made him anxious and irritable. There were no solutions in sight, and his investigation only made matters worse.
Lewy body dementia is difficult to diagnose because it shares symptoms with both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Susan Schneider Williams, his wife and fellow performer, spoke out about his misdiagnosis. His pathologies, she claimed, were among the worst the doctors had ever seen.
Williams’ condition deteriorated over time, despite the couple’s numerous rehabilitation efforts. He suffered from stomach cramps, heartburn, and other digestive issues. His left hand began to shake when he was at rest. What would happen to the couple was anyone’s guess.
His anxiety had been heightened by the disruptions to his vision and sense of smell. Later in life, he developed motor dysfunctions that caused him to stop in mid-action on numerous occasions.
Susan compared their attempts to treat the symptoms to a game of whack-a-mole, in which nothing worked.
Williams’ acquaintances noticed that he appeared thinner and weaker than usual in the fall of 2013. Antipsychotic medication simply increased Williams’ awareness of his mental decline.
Williams committed suicide because he couldn’t bear his circumstances any longer. Robin Williams was a gifted actor who could play a wide range of characters convincingly.
Many of his friends and family were taken aback by his untimely death.
Even if we didn’t know he was battling demons, Robin Williams will be remembered for bringing laughter into our lives. He committed suicide, but not before leaving a trail of affection and joy for those he left behind. Rest in peace, my friend.
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