Dave Itzkoff has released a new book on Robin Williams that provided fans with shocking revelations on his mental illness and his final days which is truly heartbreaking.
Robin Williams was truly one of a kind. There weren't many like him who could not only make you laugh but also make you cry in the very same movie. Fans from across the world were absolutely heartbroken after learning about his suicide a few years ago. And now shocking details have emerged that Robin Williams was not only acting perfectly in his movies, but he was also somewhat acting in real life as well.
This comes from a recently published biography on Williams that reveal dark secrets about his life and his struggles with mental illness, as reported by Daily Mail. Dave Itzkoff's new book on Robin Williams provided the fans with shocking revelations on his mental illness and his last few days before tragedy struck.
Itzkoff took the help of Williams' closest family and friends, particularly his third wife Susan Williams in order to understand the final days of his life. He referred to Williams as someone who was "both wildly outgoing and painfully introverted."
The book also revealed that while the Oscar-winning actor was filming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, he was never able to memorize his lines. This was said by his makeup artist Cheri Minns who once revealed to New York Post, "He was sobbing in my arms at the end of every day. It was horrible. Horrible. I said to his people, 'I'm a makeup artist. I don't have the capacity to deal with what's happening to him.'"
And unfortunately, not even his own wife could help him out with his mental health. She was also ill-equipped to help him deal with his symptoms. She had claimed that Williams had often complained to her about many symptoms. This includes insomnia, loss of his sense of smell, and a slight tremor in his left hand.
Susan claimed that she did not know how to handle the situation. "It was like playing whack-a-mole. Which symptom is it this month?" Susan had once asked. "I thought, is my husband a hypochondriac? We're chasing it and there [are] no answers, and by now we'd tried everything."
The book had also mentioned that the Good Will Hunting star was a complicated man who had his issues with not only alcohol, drugs, and infidelity but he also had a crushing insecurity.
Williams' wife had earlier told during PEOPLE magazine interview, "It was not depression that killed Robin. Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one." Like many others suffering from Lewy Body Disease, the Jumanji star was misdiagnosed. "I’ve spent this last year trying to find out what killed Robin," Susan said.
"To understand what we were fighting, what we were in the trenches fighting and one of the doctors said, ‘Robin was very aware that he was losing his mind and there was nothing he could do about it...' This was a very unique case and I pray to God that it will shed some light on Lewy bodies for the millions of people and their loved ones who are suffering with it. Because we didn’t know. He didn’t know."