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Robin Williams’ Final Days Will Be Explored In New Documentary

Robin Williams’ Final Days Will Be Explored In New Documentary

A new documentary will explore the legacy and death of Robin Williams.

Robin's Wish is an intimate look at the end of the legendary comedian's final days, who was secretly fighting a neurodegenerative disorder known as Lewy Body Dementia.

With interviews from his widow Susan Schneider Williams and colleagues and friends that knew him, fans will learn how the Mrs. Doubtfire actor experienced unexplained anxiety, insomnia and psychosis in his final years.

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On 11 August 2014, Williams was found dead at his home in Tiburon, California, at the age of 63.

In a trailer for the film, we hear Shawn Levy - who directed all three Night at The Museum movies - explain how the comedian seemed different.

Shawn Levy working with Robin on 'Night at the Museum' (Credit: Vertical Entertainment)
Shawn Levy working with Robin on 'Night at the Museum' (Credit: Vertical Entertainment)

"It was clear to all of us on that set that something was going on with Robin. [...] I remember him saying to me, 'I don't know what's going on I'm just not me anymore.'"

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Similarly, David E Kelley - who created Williams' last ever TV show, The Crazy Ones - said: "There was something eroding within him."

Vertical Entertainment, who produced the film, said: "Robin's Wish tells the powerful true story of actor/comedian Robin Williams' final days.

"For the first time, Robin's fight against a deadly neurodegenerative disorder, known as Lewy Body Dementia, is shown in stunning detail. Through a gripping journalistic lens, this incredible story sheds an entirely new light on the tragedy, beauty and power behind the mind of one of the greatest entertainers of all time."

Robin Williams passed away in 2014 (Credit: PA)
Robin Williams passed away in 2014 (Credit: PA)
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In a statement, Williams' widow Susan said: "During the last year of his life, Robin was confronted with anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, scary altered realities and a roller coaster of hope and despair.

"With our medical team's care, we chased a relentless parade of symptoms but with very little gain.

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"It wasn't until after Robin's passing, in autopsy, that the source of his terror was revealed: he had diffuse Lewy body disease. It was one of the worst cases medical professionals had seen."

Mrs Schneider Williams added: "Armed with the name of a brain disease I'd never heard of, I set out on a mission to understand it, and that led me down my unchosen path of advocacy.

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"With invaluable help from leading medical experts, I saw that what Robin and I had gone through finally made sense - our experience matched up with the science. And what I discovered along the way was bigger than me, and bigger than Robin.

"The full story was revealed during the making of this film and it holds the truth that Robin and I had been searching for."

(Credit: PA)
(Credit: PA)

According to Mrs Schneider Williams, the title of the film is said to be based on Robin's philosophy.

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Explaining, she said: "Robin wanted to help all of us be less afraid.

"That was Robin's wish. We had been discussing what we wanted our legacies to be in life; when it was our time to go, how we wanted to have made people feel.

"Without missing a beat, Robin said, 'I want to help people be less afraid.'"

Robin's Wish will be available on demand in the USA from 1st September 2020. There's currently no UK release date, but we'll keep you posted.

Featured Image Credit: PA

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