:( Robin Williams found dead inside his home

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  1. Isabelle

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  2. SophieRose

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    RW had a half brother from his father and a half brother from his mother. I read that his father had been married just once before.

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/870...iams-brother-speaks-out-about-williams-death/

    “All three of us grew up as only children – Todd, myself and Robin. I was adopted by my mother’s parents after her divorce from her first marriage. Todd grew up with his mother. We all get along famously. Todd is no blood relation to me, but we’re real close,” he told the Chicago Tribune in 1991.
     
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    KFI640AM is also reporting on Mr. Williams' and the diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.

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    "Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly," (Susan) Schneider said.

    http://m.kfiam640.com/articles/local-news-465708/wife-says-robin-williams-in-early-12671232/

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    Feeling a surge of empathy, for Mr. Williams in all he was facing before he left this world; for his loved ones, who must deal with all of this under the lens of public scrutiny when all they want (I'm certain) is privacy. And for the millions of people suffering from these diagnoses (who may also be reading here) - I hope and pray that they read something supportive in a time of need, and/or are able to gain knowledge and understanding as they face their own issues. :please:

    I will never be able to give up my image of Robin Williams as the brilliant Dr. Malcolm Sayer in Awakenings. It is not lost on me that the film was about Parkinson's patients.

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    After attending a lecture at a conference on the subject of the L-Dopa drug and its success with patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease, Sayer believes the drug may offer a breakthrough for his own group of patients. A trial run with Leonard Lowe (Robert DeNiro) yields astounding results as Leonard completely "awakens" from his catatonic state; this success inspires Sayer to ask for funding from donors so that all the catatonic patients can receive the L-Dopa medication and experience "awakenings" back to reality.

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    While Sayer and the hospital staff continue to delight in the success of L-Dopa with this group of patients, they soon find that it is a temporary measure. As the first to "awaken", Leonard is also the first to demonstrate the limited duration of this period of "awakening".

    Leonard's tics grow more and more prominent and he starts to shuffle more as he walks, and all of the patients are forced to witness what will eventually happen to them. He soon begins to suffer full body spasms and can hardly move. Leonard puts up well with the pain, and asks Sayer to film him, in hopes that he would some day contribute to research that may eventually help others.

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    Leonard and Dr. Sayer reconcile their differences, but Leonard returns to his catatonic state soon after. The other patients' fears are similarly realized as each eventually returns to catatonia no matter how much their L-Dopa dosages are increased.

    Sayer tells a group of grant donors to the hospital that although the "awakening" did not last, another kind — one of learning to appreciate and live life — took place.

    Also of note:

    Principal photography for Awakenings began on October 16, 1989 at the functioning Kingsboro Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn, New York and lasted until February 16, 1990. According to Williams, actual patients were used in the filming of the movie.[3]

    via http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Awakenings

    Perhaps Mr. Williams' intimate knowledge of the disease process of end stage PD was too much to bear. His close relationship to Mr. Christopher Reeves has been well documented, and I always marveled at his ability to bring light to the darkest corners and depths of other people's pain.

    Although he always seemed so absolutely fearless on stage, especially in the comedic realm, I also read upthread that his cardiac surgery forced him to face his fallibility (paraphrasing).

    For someone with depression, this may have been too much. I weep for the what-ifs and if-onlys, because I truly believe there were many people who were willing to be there for him - he just may not have ever known how to lean on others that way. :moo: :moo: :moo:

    :twocents:

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    Depression and Parkinsons may be linked.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/robin-w...es-of-parkinson-s-disease-wife-says-1.2736667
     
  8. Elainera

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    I agree with others that I see deep sadness in his eyes. But I also see kindness and softness and beauty. I liked him a lot.

    I believe now that the onset of Parkinson was deepening his depression. It was said that he struggled after his heart surgery a few years ago, perhaps the thought of becoming frail and dependent frightened and depressed him deeply.

    He was a man who blossomed the most when he could bounce off others, he needed an audience to thrive and feel fulfilled. The diagnosis of Parkinson must have been devastating for him.

    I can understand why death seemed a better alternative to him. I hope he is in Peace now.
     
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    I don't care if RW was in financial trouble or career over, it is so tragic when anyone commits suicide.

    Depression is horrible and few people understand it.
     
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    in addition to the gait, tremor, rigidity and depression issues with Parkinson's there is a great probability of PDD (Parkinson's dementia). all of that must have sounded like hell on earth to someone whose persona was in large part related to being so mentally quick, so physically agile, so verbal, so capable of multi-tasking
     
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    So many here have the same experience of deep dark depressions. Me too. I want to reason why Robin Williams did it. Blame it on something tangible. But, I know there doesn't have to be one of those reasons. Something just fires the alarm. It's time.

    Don't mean to sound so callous. I have the utmost respect for the suffering of those so deeply touched by Robin Williams. His loving Family, die hard true friends, devoted fans.

    He made the decision for himself. The time the place. HIS LIFE. HIS CHOICE.

    ~~RIP
     
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    That is great! So Perfect for him because he wore the mask in public, and alone was very sad!
     
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    His career wasn't over- he has 3-4 films coming out posthumously. He was still in demand, no way a has-been. Also, his rep denies he was in financial distress- just that Robin saw it that way.
     
  16. LinasK

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    He should've talked to Michael J. Fox, who's managed to perform with it for years.
     
  17. gramcracker

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    ^ no offense intended to MJF but that's like comparing apples and oranges. quite different careers, quite different performers, quite different mental and emotional states, quite different motivators and needs, IMO

    Williams indeed had been a longtime supporter of his friend's Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research , dedicated to finding a cure for the degenerative disease, which attacks the central nervous system.

    The comedian had performed in the past at the foundation's star-studded A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Cure Parkinson's annual galas.


    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/entertainment-eonline/20140814/b569580/
     
  18. lisette

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    As I shared earlier, my father was suffering from Parkinson's when he chose to end his life..A friend of his had Parkinson's and committed suicide as well...so it sounds like there is a definite link between the disease and depression.
     
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    There is a definite link between Parkinson's and depression. Just google it, I just don't have the time or energy right now to search and provide the links at this moment. This is the first I've heard that Robin suffered from the diagnosis of Parkinsons, which would certainly have complicated not only his physical condition, but very much his emotional state of mind as well. No question about it. God Bless him and his family. I can't possibly express how my heart aches for Robin, as well as for his family, and for the loss of the gift he has given all of us for so many years. At this point, I think it would be good to focus on the fact that he was a very, very special gift given to all of us.
    Thank You, Robin :rose:
     
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    http://www.eonline.com/news/569580/...s-that-robin-williams-had-parkinson-s-disease

    Williams was also longtime friends with boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has Parkinson's, and had performed at the fighting great's Celebrity Fight Night XII benefit in 2006. Ali's Celebrity Fight Nights have raised more than $95 million over the past 20 years, with most going to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.

    "My father loved this man!" Laila Ali wrote on WhoSay, adding a pic of her father and Williams embracing. "Rest in peace Robin Williams!"
     

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