The beloved late actor’s makeup artist told all about his last few weeks before his shocking suicide back in 2014. Cheri Minns talked about Robin Williams’ emotional state as part of a brand new biography on the regretted funny man, written by New York Times author, Dave Itzkoff.
The makeup artist talked about his physical and mental struggle after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
As you may be aware, Robin was actually misdiagnosed as he was actually suffering from Lewy body dementia.
‘He was not in good shape at all. He was sobbing in my arms at the end of every day. It was horrible. Horrible. But I just did not know,’ Cheri says in the tell all.
She goes on to recall that she advised him to return to stand-up in hopes that it would lift his spirits only to be given a heartbreaking response.
‘I said, ‘Robin, why don’t you go and do stand-up?’ He just cried and said, ‘I can’t, Cheri.’ I said, ‘What do you mean, you can’t?’ He said, ‘I don’t know how anymore. I don’t know how to be funny.’ And it was just gut-wrenching to hear him admit that, rather than lie to me and say something else. I think that is how troubled he was about all of it.’
In addition to the makeup artist, his close pal Billy Crystal, wife Susan Schneider and son Zack, all talked about Williams’ final weeks alive.
In the case of Susan however, she’s actually opened up about the actor’s tragic passing before.
The widow wrote for the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the following piece: ‘This is a personal story, sadly tragic and heartbreaking, but by sharing this information with you I know you can help make a difference in the lives of others.’
‘As you may know, my husband Robin Williams had the little-known but deadly Lewy body disease (LBD). He died from suicide in 2014 at the end of an intense, confusing, and relatively swift persecution at the hand of this disease’s symptoms and pathology. He was not alone in his traumatic experience with this neurologic disease.’