Do you remember iconic movies like Jumanji, Hook, The man of the year, Boulevard, Dead Poets Society? What do they all have in common? Robin Williams! Williams was a fine American comedian and an Oscar winning actor. Given that he also played Popeye, it goes without saying that, he was loved by everyone and his work was enjoyed by all.
Life and career
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on 21st July 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. His mother was a former model of Mississippi and father was a ford motor company executive from Indiana. Robin was a born comedian and a gifted actor.
“You are given an only spark of madness; you must not lose it.”
He started his career in comedy by working in nightclubs. Consequently, he got discovered through his acts, for the role of Mork in Happy Days. This gave a kick start to his career. During the 1990s, he became children’s favourite for his roles in movies like Hook, Aladin, Jumanji, Mrs Doubtfire, Flubber and many more.
Death of Robin Williams
Williams died at the age of 63, by suicide. On 11th August 2014, he hanged himself. The question of his death haunted everyone. Why did an actor who was loved by everyone, kill himself? What went so wrong that he took his own life? What great sorrows was he hiding, while everyone else around him was gaining motivation from him?
Williams suffered from combination illnesses. He suffered from depression, paranoia, Parkinson’s, confusion and Lewy Body Dementia. However, it was diagnosed after his death that he was suffering from dementia.
“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make other people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”
Robin was suffering from a disorder and it was messing up his life. Additionally, he was suffering from a rare disorder. This was a rare form of dementia called Lewy body dementia. This usually shows the signs Parkinson’s disease and causes a progressive decline in mental ability. Additionally, the affected person appears vague, drowsy, lacks enthusiasm and concern, which is usually mistaken for depression.
Lewy Body dementia was the reason behind Robin’s death. Not many people are aware of what it is and many thought that Robin killed himself because of depression.
Williams’ widow, Susan Williams, made it clear in front of the media that it wasn’t depression that led the actor to take his life she also added that,
“This was a unique case and I pray to God that it will shed some light on Lewy bodies for the millions of people and their loved ones who are suffering with it. Because we didn’t know. He didn’t know.”
The first step towards change is awareness. Further, people should be fully aware of what is going on around them. What are the common conditions that people may suffer from? Educating yourself is a very important thing, so as to detect signs.
Nobody in Robin’s family knew about his disease and sadly, even he never got to know about it. It was only diagnosed after his death. He was silently suffering from it and consequently, one day he finally gave up. However, if only the situation was different and had he shared his problems with someone, we could have saved a great artist.
“Although there were many reasons he ended his life, it may have all come down to one: I think he was just saying ‘No’. And I don’t blame him one bit. He is the bravest man I’ve ever known”. – Susan Williams
Edited by Preetika Dubey