On the day Robin Williams died, the world lost a great gem.
Williams, a much-loved comedian and performer practically without peer, committed suicide in 2014 after being misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
It’s impossible to believe that the Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire star will be gone in a decade. His death created a void in the entertainment business that can never be replaced, and millions around the world mourn his loss.
The depths of Williams’ problems were perhaps the most painful aspect of his death, and one that came to the public’s knowledge only later. Though he put on a brave face for the world and was never less than completely devoted to make people laugh, he had long battled inner problems.
Indeed, as Sam Neill recounted in his biography Did I Ever Tell You This? Williams’ status as the “loneliest man on a lonely planet”….
According to rumors, Jurassic Park star Sam Neill has revealed details about his personal friendship with the late Robin Williams, which is enough to shatter our hearts all over again.
Neill recounted his experience working with Williams on Bicentennial Man (1999) in his biography, Did I Ever Tell You This?, and how he formed strong connections with the comic during production.
The New Zealand actor, who recently disclosed he had stage three cancer, stated in the book that Williams was the “funniest” and “saddest” guy he had ever encountered.
Neill stated in an excerpt from his biography published by People, “We would talk about this and that, sometimes even about the work we were about to do.”
Williams was regarded as “irresistibly, outrageously, irrepressibly, gigantically funny.”
Neill, on the other hand, spoke openly about the sorrow he sensed underneath his co-star’s humorous mask.
“He had fame, he was rich, people loved him, great kids—the world was his oyster,” Neill wrote. Nonetheless, I felt more sympathy for him than I can describe.
“He was the loneliest man on a lonely planet.”
Robin Williams and Valerie Velardi in New York, approximately 1984 / Getty Images
Neill went on to say that Williams was “inconsolably solitary and deeply depressed,” and that he could feel a “dark space inside from the minute he flung open the door.”
It is impossible to deny that Williams was engaged in a battle with forces intended to end his life. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014, but this turned out to be an error; after his death, it was revealed that he had Lewy body dementia.
“Nearly every region of his brain was under attack,” Susan Schneider Williams, Robin’s wife since 2011, said. He felt himself crumbling.”
She characterized his situation as “a disease with no cure.”
“The devastation on Robin’s brain from Lewy bodies was one of the worst cases medical professionals have ever seen, yet throughout all of this his heart remained strong.”
Every time I hear about Robin Williams and his problems, my heart bleeds afresh. A wonderful man and a really amazing individual.
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