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Robin Williams suffered with dementia hallucinations before suicide

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More sad news coming out about Robin Williams and the days/hours leading up to his suicide this past August. It was revealed a while back that Robin was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and had recently been diagnosed, but now it seems as though that condition led him to also experience a horrible disease called Lewy Body Dimentia, which causes abnormal protein deposits in the brain that inhibit normal functioning.

From TMZ:

Lewy Body Dementia is a common condition associated with Parkinson’s … and people afflicted by both often get severe side effects from Parkinson’s meds. Hallucinations are common, where patients see phantom objects, people or animals. The patients often try to converse with the illusions.

Robin’s wife had told authorities shortly after his death he had been complaining about the meds and the way they made him feel.

Sources connected with the Williams family tell TMZ … Lewy Body Dementia was the “key factor” they believe drove him to kill himself. We’re told Robin’s doctors agree that the disease was the critical factor leading to his suicide.

Really, really sad. It’s crazy how the body can just turn on itself like that, isn’t it? However, I do hope that we can start letting Robin Williams rest in peace. I think we all know more than we need to as a society and we need to let his family grieve and find closure on their own without reporting on every new development. I understand it’s important to share these things to hopefully bring more awareness to these little-talked about conditions, but there has to be a line drawn, so I’m sorta torn on this.

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Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda speaks out on mental health

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Zelda Williams is still coming to terms with her father, Robin Williams‘, suicide. However, she’s still speaking out in the hope of helping others avoid the same fate that her father met and urging people to seek help for depression and other mental illnesses. Here’s what she had to say on World Mental Health Day:

“Mental illness is often misunderstood & misrepresented, but that’s starting to change. Let’s end the stigma. Mental health IS as important as physical health, & whether there are visible signs or not, the suffering is real. It can affect EVERYONE.” 

“Let’s stop the misconceptions & support those who need our help. Healing the whole starts with healing minds. No matter what the misinformed say, you can’t simply CHOOSE to make mental illness go away. It is NOT cowardly to suffer or seek help. Lastly, my dad openly fought depression his whole life, both in general and his own. No matter what anyone says, it is a FIGHT. Fight on.” 

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Too right. Hopefully others can benefit from Zelda’s speaking out, and hopefully her family can find some kind of peace in this awful situation.

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Robin Williams honored by Rolling Stone

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Rolling Stone‘s new issue pays tribute to Robin Williams, with an extensive feature which delves into the actor’s last few years of life both personally and professionally and also includes a tribute from Tom Hanks. The feature in its entirety as it appears in the magazine is below – just scroll through the gallery to read. It’s a long one, and a touching one.  (Thanks to ONTD for the scans.)

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Here’s Billy Crystal’s touching tribute to Robin Williams at last night’s Emmys

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Last night’s Emmy Awards were pretty awful from start the finish, as per usual, but there were some highlights. One of the biggest of those was the In Memoriam to Robin Williams, which was presented by his longtime friend and colleague, Billy Crystal. It was moving, funny and not overwrought, which is always a danger in awards show tributes.

You can watch the full thing below – it’s clear that so many loved, admired and will greatly miss Robin Williams.

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Robin Williams’ ashes have been scattered at sea

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Following his death earlier this month, it’s been revealed that Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes were spread at sea almost immediately.

From TMZ:

Robin Williams’ body was cremated the day after he died … and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay … this according to the official death certificate.

The document — issued in Marin County where he died — does not list an immediate cause of death … instead it merely says, “pending investigation.”

The coroner is still waiting for the results of toxicology tests … to see if Williams had any chemicals in his body when he died. Those results will be available in the next few weeks.

That must have been the peaceful ending he would have liked.

In other news, Billy Crystal will be presenting a special tribute to Williams at this year’s Emmy Awards, which will take place next month. The pair had been friends for decades, so no doubt it will be a fitting memorial.

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Robin Williams was suffering from early stage Parkinson’s Disease

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As if the death of Robin Williams couldn’t get more heartbreaking, his wife Susan Schneider released a statement yesterday in which she insisted that Williams had not relapsed into drug use but was suffering – as we all know – from depression and anxiety. What we didn’t know? He had also been diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.

Here’s Schneider’s full statement:

Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.

Of course, Parkinson’s is dealable and survivable, but it’s anyone’s guess as to how this diagnosis figured into his mental and emotional state. It’s still just such a sad loss, and his wife and daughter are dealing with it all with such grace.

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Robin Williams officially died from “asphyxia due to hanging”

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As reported pretty much everywhere, Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide on Monday at the age of 63. Incredibly sad news, and news that has raised a ton of discussion around the world in regards to mental health, substance abuse, etc.  Now an official statement has been released, giving us more of an insight (not that I think the public necessarily should have it) on what exactly happened.

From US Weekly:

In a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Lt. Keith Boyd told reporters that, while the investigation is ongoing, the Oscar-winning actor’s preliminary cause of death has been determined to be “asphyxia due to hanging.”

According to Lt. Boyd, Williams was found in his Tiburon, Calif., home at around 11:45 a.m. by his personal assistant, who became concerned when the actor failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door. Boyd told reporters that Williams was discovered in a “seated position,” “slightly suspended” above the ground, with a belt around his neck.

There was also evidence, Boyd said, of superficial wounds on the inside of Williams’ left wrist. A pocket knife was found nearby.

Officials responded to the assistant’s 911 call at 11:55 a.m. According to Boyd, it’s unknown at this point when exactly he committed suicide, but he was pronounced dead just after 12:00 p.m.

Per Boyd’s timeline of events, Williams was last seen alive the previous evening at around 10:30 p.m., when his wife, Susan Schneider, went to bed. He retired to a different room in the house at some point that night.

So basically, he tried to slit his wrists first and when that didn’t work, he hanged himself. I can only imagine what a desperate state he must have been in – you would think that perhaps in a state of mania if he didn’t succeed in cutting his wrists, it might have snapped him back to reality a bit and made him stop and think. I don’t mean to be insensitive and I’m not blaming him – obviously I’ve never been there, so I can’t say for sure – I just think this keeps getting sadder and sadder and even when it’s someone you don’t know, it’s awful to see or hear about another person being in such pain.

Because the investigation is still going on, police wouldn’t reveal whether or not a note was left. We do know, however, that he had been in treatment for depression. Perhaps when he checked into rehab in the beginning of last month, he was hoping he could find help?