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Robin Williams biography reveals devastating final days as he battled dementia

The days leading up to Robin William's death are finally coming to light in a new biography by Dave Itzkoff.


Brittany King


The upcoming biography "Robin" offers a glimpse into the late comedian's struggle with dementia before his death. 

 

While shooting for his hit movie Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb in 2014, Robin Williams was in a state of a deep depression, according to the book's author by David Itzkoff.

 

"He was sobbing in my arms at the end of every day. It was horrible. Horrible," makeup artist Cheri Minns reveals in the book, reports Deadline. "I said to his people, 'I'm a makeup artist. I dont have the capacity to deal with whats happening to him.' "

I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what its like to feel absolutely worthless and they dont want anyone else to feel like that.

Minns recalls that she tried suggesting Williams return to his stand-up comedy roots as a means to cope, but he refused.

 

"He just cried and said, I cant, Cheri. I dont know how anymore," she explains in the book. "I dont know how to be funny.' "

 

Williams, who commited suicide at age 63 in 2014, died after suffering from Lewy Body Dementia. The iconic actor was first misdiagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that develops gradually, often with a small tremor or general stiffness and slowing of movement. 

It wasn't until Williams' autopsy revealed that the actor actually had Lewy Body Dementia, a type of brain disease that affected his thinking, memory and movement control.

 

"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 went on to recall in the book. "And all that they described that can happen with this psychosis, if thats the right word the hallucinations, the images, the terror coming at the speed his comedy came at, maybe even faster, I cant imagine living like that."

 

Its the second-most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimers disease. The disorder progressively attacks thought, memory and movement and can even cause hallucinations.

 

"Robin" lands in books stores on May 15.

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Brittany King


The upcoming biography "Robin" offers a glimpse into the late comedian's struggle with dementia before his death. 

 

While shooting for his hit movie Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb in 2014, Robin Williams was in a state of a deep depression, according to the book's author by David Itzkoff.

 

"He was sobbing in my arms at the end of every day. It was horrible. Horrible," makeup artist Cheri Minns reveals in the book, reports Deadline. "I said to his people, 'I'm a makeup artist. I dont have the capacity to deal with whats happening to him.' "

Minns recalls that she tried suggesting Williams return to his stand-up comedy roots as a means to cope, but he refused.

 

“He just cried and said, I cant, Cheri. I dont know how anymore," she explains in the book. "I dont know how to be funny.' "

 

Williams, who commited suicide at age 63 in 2014, died after suffering from Lewy Body Dementia. The iconic actor was first misdiagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that develops gradually, often with a small tremor or general stiffness and slowing of movement. 

It wasn't until Williams' autopsy revealed that the actor actually had Lewy Body Dementia, a type of brain disease that affected his thinking, memory and movement control.

 

"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 went on to recall in the book. "And all that they described that can happen with this psychosis, if thats the right word the hallucinations, the images, the terror coming at the speed his comedy came at, maybe even faster, I cant imagine living like that."

 

Its the second-most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimers disease. The disorder progressively attacks thought, memory and movement and can even cause hallucinations.

 

"Robin" lands in books stores on May 15.

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