Almost exactly six years from the day of his death, and just a month after what would’ve been the late comedian’s 69th birthday, Robin Williams‘ legacy continues to shine bright in many people’s lives, and now with the help of director Tylor Norwood, his wife Susan Schneider Williams is finally telling the story behind the comic genius’ final days, and what caused his suicide.
Named Robin’s Wish, the new documentary will focus on Williams’ struggle with the neurodegenerative disorder named Lewy Body Dementia, which plagued the actor greatly during the final year of his life. While the disorder had been touched upon before by other media such as another recent documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, his wife hopes to bring more awareness to it and set the record straight for many rumors lingering out there. She says:
“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. 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.
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. 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.
Robin’s Wish is Robin’s story, it’s our story, and in some ways it’s a universal one — as we all understand what it means to search for answers, to experience love and loss and the power of healing that keeps us going.”
Robin’s Wish will arrive to VOD September 1. For now, check out the trailer above.
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