Robin Williams Documentary ‘Robin’s Wish’ Reveals the Comedian’s Untold Suffering

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The 2018 documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind illustrated the profession of the legendary comic and actor. The new documentary Robin’s Wish focuses on his tragic loss of life in 2014. Williams’ spouse, Susan Schneider Williams, corrects the data as early stories advised Depression and Parkinson’s Disease had been the explanations for his suicide. 

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In Robin’s Wish, she is ready to make clear the uncommon situation her husband truly had. Hopefully it should illuminate the situation in order that others might search assist earlier than it’s too late. It is on the market on VOD Sept. 1.

The final years of Robin Williams’ life 

Robin Williams had Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia. Symptoms embrace cognitive impairment, melancholy, nervousness, insomnia and paranoia. Susan says Robn was “not in his right mind” when he died by suicide. 

Robin’s Wish alternates between docs explaining the medical science of Lewy Body Dementia with anecdotes concerning the impression it had on Robin Williams. Bruce Miller, MD speaks from a classroom, an efficient technique to convey scholarly info vital to grasp the story. Walter J. Koroshetz provides his interview from the hospital and is informative too. 

Robin Williams’ genius allowed him to outlive Lewy physique dementia for thus lengthy

Doctors credit score the sophistication of Robin’s mind with serving to him stand up to the degenerative situation for a very long time. It simply, sadly, reached some extent even he couldn’t fight.

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Robin and Susan Schneider Williams | Vertical Entertainment

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Director Shawn Levy seen Robin’s decline on the set of Night on the Museum 3. So did David E. Kelly and different producers of Robin’s final TV present, The Crazy Ones. They open up about tales of his battle, with the intention of letting the general public know this was ongoing and escalating, and required critical therapy. 

They additionally word Robin’s steadfast dedication to his contracts. He wouldn’t even break them to take medically advisable reset. He mentioned sure to each interview to advertise his tasks. That’s true. On pink carpets, Robin would at all times discuss to each single particular person on the road, even lengthy after the film had began. He was beneficiant that approach, as he was together with his USO and hospital visits as Robin’s Wish reveals too. 

The private facet of ‘Robin’s Wish’ is essentially the most harrowing

Although the main target of Robin’s Wish is on his medical situation and the final years of his life, it does dip again into his early days. His open mic nights, friendship with Christopher Reeve, charity work and movies like Dead Poets Society give context to the Robin all of us misplaced. 

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Susan’s private recollections of her husband’s struggles are essentially the most harrowing and emotional. She relives them for the digital camera so that individuals can perceive every thing that was occurring at dwelling that the obituaries and information stories didn’t, and couldn’t, report. It is true that Robin obtained a analysis of Parkinson’s illness, however it was Lewy Body Dementia that hastened his loss of life. 

Robin’s Wish isn’t a straightforward watch. It could possibly be helpful for followers nonetheless on the lookout for some type of closure. It is certainly helpful for Susan to set the report straight and lift consciousness of of Lewy Body Dementia. 

How to get assist: In the U.S., name the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or textual content HOME to 741-741 to attach with a skilled disaster counselor on the free Crisis Text Line.

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