Robin Williams is an iconic American actor and comedian who became famous for his improv skills. He is thought to be one of the best comedians and created characters on the spot.

His career began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during the mid-1970s.

He rose in fame and popularity significantly after playing the alien Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy.

After having his first starring role in 1980 in the film Popeye, he would continue to rise in popularity and considerable box office successes throughout his career.

Robin voiced characters in several animated movies but was best known as the Genie in the movie Aladdin in 1992.

He accepted the role due to wanting to impact the wonder and imagination of children, and he even improvised most of the dialogue.

This role became one of his most iconic and best-loved and won him numerous awards. However, even with all the power of stardom, Robin could not escape issues with his health.

Robin committed suicide in 2014 after suffering from depression. It would later come to light that he suffered from Lewy body dementia, which was discovered after his death.

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10 /10 Robin William's Death

On August 11th, 2014, Robin passed away from suicide by hanging at his home in Paradise Cay, California. He was discovered by his longtime assistant Rebecca Erwin Spencer and her husband, Dan.

Rebecca found Robin dead from hanging himself with a belt. Before discovering his body, she slipped a note under the door to see if he was okay but had no response.

She then found Robin’s body after using a paper clip to open the lock on the bedroom door.


9 /10 Working On His Final Role

Robin’s last on-screen role was in the film Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. During his time on set, he struggled to remember his lines and had difficulty prepping for his role due to this.

In addition, leading up to working on stage, he was plagued by anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, and insomnia but had no real explanation for why this was occurring.

8 /10 Finding An Explanation

While Robin did not know that he suffered from a neurological disease before he died, he was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. Doctors stated it was one of the worst cases they had seen.

His wife, Susan Schneider Williams, was told about the diagnosis post-mortem due to an autopsy performed on Robin.

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7 /10 Symptoms Before His Death

The early symptoms of Lewy body dementia showed up in October 2013. He suffered from sudden and prolonged spikes in fear and anxiety, stress, insomnia, and had a severe rise in memory loss, paranoia, and delusions.

His wife sometimes said he felt like he was losing his mind and felt something was not right. He was also diagnosed with early-stage Parkinson’s disease, which was not publicly known at his death.

After the autopsy was completed, it was found that Robin had a diffuse Lewy body, which was diagnosed as Parkinson’s. This may have been part of the reason why he suffered from depression as well.


6 /10 Remembering His Iconic Roles

Robin’s first starring role was in the film Popeye in 1980.

The following decades continued to bring him success in acting with starring roles in Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Good Will Hunting, and the Night at the Museum series.

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5 /10 Robin's Awards

During his lifetime, Robin was nominated for and won a variety of awards. He was nominated for four Academy Awards, won Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting.

He won five Grammy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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4 /10 Struggling With Addiction

In the late 1970s and into the 1980s, Robin was known to have an addiction to cocaine.

He was good friends with John Belushi, who died from a drug overdose the morning after the two partied together.

The birth of his son Zak, coupled with his friend’s death, poked him to give up drugs and alcohol.

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3 /10 Continuing To Struggle With Addiction

While he was sober for a while, in 2003, Robin started drinking again while filming in Alaska. In 2006, he checked himself into rehab in Newberg, Oregon.

During the following years, he struggled with remaining sober but did not return to using cocaine.

However, in the middle of 2014, he once again sought treatment for alcoholism at the Hazelden Foundation Addiction Treatment Center in Center City, Minnesota.


2 /10 Remembering Robin Williams

Following his death, his home in a suburb of Marin County in San Francisco became a shrine to those mourning the loss of the funniest man who ever lived.

His death made headlines around the world, and many tributes were left outside his family home.


1 /10 Tributes To Robin

Robin became global news with his death, with people worldwide responding to his death from friends, fans, and more.

His wife and daughter responded sadly to his death and felt like they had lost their best friend and were heartbroken.

Fans created makeshift memorials on his star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame and locations from his television and movie career.

Specials were hosted throughout 2014 in remembrance of him, and a documentary was produced about his career and life by HBO in 2018 called Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.

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