Robin Williams suffered from dementia in his final days, says author Dave Itzkoff in a new biography.
Robin details the legendary actor’s life and death and suggests Williams was the victim of an undiagnosed brain disorder in the last year of his life.
The “Dead Poets Society” star was previously diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but when his behaviour began to change, people pointed to substance abuse. Eventually, Williams saw a neuropathologist and diffuse Lewy body dementia was labelled the culprit.
“He was sobbing in my arms at the end of every day. It was horrible. Horrible,” makeup artist Cheri Minns reflected on filming “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”.
“I said to his people, ‘I’m a makeup artist. I don’t have the capacity to deal with what’s happening to him.'” When Minns recommended he channel his remaining energy into standup: “He just cried and said, ‘I can’t, Cheri. I don’t know how anymore. I don’t know how to be funny.'”
Robin is available for pre-order on Amazon ahead of its May 15 release.