The final days of iconic actor Robin Williams were “horrible,” and filled with “sobbing” and sadness, according to a new biography by Dave Itzkoff.
The legendary actor committed suicide in 2014 at the age of 63, and was struggling to remember his lines on the set of Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
“He was sobbing in my arms at the end of every day. It was horrible. Horrible,” makeup artist Cheri Minns recalled in the book. “I said to his people, ‘I’m a makeup artist. I don’t have the capacity to deal with what’s happening to him.'”
She said that he felt like he’d lost touch with his deepest joy in life: comedy. “He just cried and said, ‘I can’t, Cheri. I don’t know how anymore. I don’t know how to be funny.’ ”
Williams was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia, a type of brain disease that affected his control over his movement and thoughts. He had been incorrectly diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
“I put myself in his place. Think of it this way: The speed at which the comedy came is the speed at which the terrors came,” Minns recalled in the book. “And all that they described that can happen with this psychosis, if that’s the right word — the hallucinations, the images, the terror — coming at the speed his comedy came at, maybe even faster, I can’t imagine living like that.”
Robin goes on sale May 15.
Terrifying and heartbreaking: a wonderful man, ravaged by a horrifying disease we should have a cure for by now. What a shame our government wastes so much money that could be used to cure so many. #Dementia #RobinWilliams https://t.co/B8h3aEaA7L— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 6, 2018
The best thing I think I can do for Robbin is to chose to remember him as he was before disease robbed him of his true self. Selective memory can be a valuable quality & an invaluable weapon against depression.— William F Barnett (@billbarnett65) May 7, 2018
Why stir this up now after all These years? So someone can profit off a book about him. He brought us many years of laughter. Leave it at that. May he rest in eternal peace 💙— 🇺🇸MeLyn🇺🇸 (@BluMyst) May 7, 2018