I was not so much shocked as much as I was saddened. Robin has a unique, brilliant mind and it certainly showed in the work that he did. I am sure it was not easy for him to deal with all the BS of this heavy dimension. I take it he had enough and just wanted to cut himself loose. I will miss his quick wit and humor very much.
I am sure he feels much lighter now...
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Hi Bonnie, I'm happy to hear Robin is certainly fine with his decision. I had an interesting debatable conversion with my colleagues at work today. Some thought it was a coward move as there are people who are less fortunate than him and the fact that he left his children...
Thank you for the video, very touching and it made me cry knowing he's better on the other side.
Hi Irina - As I read more and more information about his death, I too would've not been shocked but because I have been out of touch with other celebrity news, it made it a shock to hear about his unfortunate death. I thought a lot about him at the start of the year for no reason and this happens. I too will miss his humor. He always had a harmless humor who put 100 percent into his acting. A true legend in our eyes.
I've just only found out now that he was in his early stage of Parkinson's Disease.
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Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife has said.
Susan Schneider said her husband had been sober but "not yet ready to share publicly" his struggles with Parkinson's.
She added that he had also been suffering from anxiety and depression.
The 63-year-old actor was found dead in an apparent suicide in his home on Monday.
Police said he died of asphyxia due to hanging.
"It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid," Susan Schneider said in a statement.
Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological disorder.
It is believed that Parkinson's is brought on by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors, but the exact cause is still unknown.
Its symptoms can include tremors and other uncontrollable movements, impaired balance and co-ordination, stiffness, slowness of movement, loss of smell, a decline in intellectual functioning, and speech and swallowing problems.
It is estimated to affect about five million people worldwide and usually, but not always, occurs in old age.
Williams was famous for films such as Good Morning Vietnam and The Fisher King, and won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting.
In the past, Williams had talked and even joked about his struggles with alcohol and drugs. Police confirmed he had been treated for depression.
Last Edited by Mango8 on Aug 14, 2014 12:19 PM
I just saw the report from his wife. This goes a long way to explain the information that I received. It seems that Robin had prior knowledge (based upon the roles he decided to take) that he would be just fine and be able to check in on his family.
Based upon the channeled information from "The Connection" your body not being viable is an acceptable reason to exit. There are no judgments on this decision. ________________________________
Wife: Robin Williams had Parkinson's City News Service 11:39 AM, Aug 14, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he committed suicide, his wife revealed today as she urged other people suffering from depression or facing serious illnesses to seek "the care and support they need."
"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.
"It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid," she said.
Williams, 63, was found dead at his home in Tiburon in Marin County around noon Monday. Coroner's officials said he died of apparent suicide by hanging. He was found in a bedroom of his home in a seated position, slightly suspended with a belt around his neck, and the other end of the belt wedged in a closet door.
"Robin spent so much of his life helping others," Schneider said.
"Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the front lines or comforting a sick child -- Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.
"Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles."
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Thank you for the additional information Mango and Bonnie.
Hi Mango, Sounds like you were receiving some information about Robin.
I grew up with Robin's humour as well. I recall him being very athletic and physical and using his body to add to his quick wit when performing comedy. I can certainly see how he would feel trapped in his body having been diagnosed with such a debilitating disease.
Though I understand his decision I will certainly miss him.
Last Edited by Irina on Aug 14, 2014 3:17 PM
Robin Williams Laid to Rest, Ashes Scattered in San Francisco Bay
By Michael Miller
Robin Williams's closest family members and friends gathered at a private funeral in San Francisco last week to mourn the passing of the comedy legend, who died Aug. 11 at the age of 63.
The actor's remains were cremated, and the family scattered his ashes in San Francisco Bay, not far from his home, PEOPLE confirms.
The Oscar-winning actor committed suicide in his home in Tiburon, California. He is survived by his wife, Susan Schneider, and his three children, Zac, 31, Cody, 22, and Zelda, 25.
Schneider revealed in a statement last week that her late husband was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease.
Williams also struggled with addiction and depression throughout his career, even checking himself into rehab earlier this summer in an effort to "fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment" to sobriety, which his wife said was "intact" at the time of his death.
Although Williams's fans were unable to attend the intimate funeral, many of his admirers have extended their condolences by placing fan-made shrines at some of his most famous film locations. The executive producer of the Emmys also confirmed they are planning a public tribute to the beloved comedian to air during the Aug. 25 awards show.
• Reporting by SUSAN YOUNG
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His wife went to bed fairly early the night before and left the house the next morning without checking on him, by all appearance thinking he was OK. Don't think anyone was expecting this turn of events. It is definitely sad to see this very big-hearted man go.
Last Edited by Irina on Aug 21, 2014 11:59 PM
DANA CARVEY is telling pals he’s convinced there is life after death, because the spirit of his friend Robin Williams keeps appearing to him!
“Robin comes to me usually in a lucid dream state or during my meditation,” Dana told a pal. “He’s as big as life, happy and joking around, and telling me I should never worry about anything because it’s all beautiful in the end.”
Sadly, Robin committed suicide on August 11, 2014, at the age of 63.
Dana has good reason to worry about death – he survived a botched heart surgery in 1998. He filed a malpractice lawsuit and was awarded nearly $8 million in damages.
“Robin supported me when my health was bad, and he still supports me now,” Dana said. “Robin’s visits were a little spooky at first, but now I look forward to these little visits from my friend.”
Dana said he’s putting those visits to good use. Both his sons, Dex and Thomas, are starting out in stand-up comedy, and he seeks advice from a ghostly Robin.
“I go to bed with questions I want to ask Robin,” he divulged. “I’ll think about asking him about my kids’ careers and my health. When I wake up, I review those questions. The answers come to me in one of Robin’s character voices – it’s amazing!”
Dana admitted missing their carefree days when he and Robin honed their routines as young stand-ups. “We weren’t making a dime in those days, we were just having fun and when I see Robin in my dreams, it’s in those happy-go-lucky days,” he said.
“When he visits me, he’s happy, he’s young and, of course, he’s VERY outspoken.”
Very interesting validation/confirmation that Robin Williams did indeed make his own decision. Watch this interview with his wife.
PS...I sent an email to Amy Robach and I hope that she will share my message with his wife.
Robin Williams’ widow, Susan, said she doesn’t blame him “one bit” for taking his life, revealing he had just three years to live, had been paranoid and anxious leading up to his suicide and was planning with doctors to check himself into a facility to undergo neurocognitive testing the week of his death.
“If Robin was lucky, he would've had maybe three years left. And they would've been hard years. And it's a good chance he would've been locked up,” Susan Williams told ABC News’ Amy Robach in an exclusive interview that aired today on “Good Morning America," referring to a doctor's prognosis for the comedian.
It was her first interview since the death of her celebrated actor-comedian husband last year at age 63. The pair had had a seven-year relationship and a private, happy three-year marriage.
Williams described her husband as “just a dream,” adding, “It’s the best love I ever dreamed of. You know, it’s what I always dreamed of love would be … really based on just honor, love, respect.”
In the interview, Williams open up to Robach about her husband’s mental and physical state and his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. She cried as she described how scared she was when she saw her husband and best friend “just disintegrating” before her eyes and again when she recalled her final conversation with him the night of Aug. 10, 2014.
‘GOODNIGHT, MY LOVE’
She was in bed, reading, and he was getting ready for bed, too. He offered her a foot massage.
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“And I said, ‘It's OK, honey. Not -- you know, it's OK. You don't have to tonight.’ And I'll never forget the look in his eyes of just, sad because he wanted to. And I wished -- you know?” she said. “Then he came back in the room a couple of times. Once to his closet. And he said -- and then he laughed. And he said, ‘Goodnight, my love.’ And I said, ‘Goodnight, my love.’"
The actor came back one more time, went to his office and got his iPad, his widow said. He appeared to be showing interest in something, displaying initiative.
“And I thought, ‘This is good,’” she recalled. “And then he said, ‘Goodnight. Goodnight.’ That was the last.”
The next day, Aug. 11, 2014, she left for work without seeing him, thinking he was still asleep.
When his assistant, Rebecca, arrived at the house, Williams told her to call her when he woke up.
“And I said, ‘Call me when he’s up or have him call me when he’s up,’” Williams said. “And I kept thinking, ‘How come he hasn’t called me yet?’ And then she sent me a text. It said ‘He’s not up yet. What should I do?’ I said – and in that moment, I knew there was something horribly wrong.”
It was past 11:30 a.m., and Williams told her husband’s assistant, Rebecca, to wake him up.
Rebecca called her back. Robach asked Williams what the assistant had told her about her husband, but she was too distraught to answer.
She rushed home.
‘I FORGIVE YOU 50 BILLION PERCENT’
“That 20-minute car ride, I just screamed the whole way, ‘Robin!’” she said.
At first she couldn’t see him because emergency responders were doing their jobs.
“And I just wanted to see my husband. And I got to see him ... and I got to pray with him. And I got to tell him, ‘I forgive you 50 billion percent, with all my heart. You're the bravest man I've ever known.’ You know, we were living a nightmare,” she said.
The nightmare worsened in the months leading up to his death. The Academy Award-winning actor’s depression, anxiety and paranoia battles drove him to hang himself with a belt.
He had always been very open about his addiction, depression and stints in rehab, but his wife said he’d gotten his life back on track. They even celebrated on July 11, his sobriety date.
“He was completely clean and sober when he died. And he had eight years of sobriety,” she said, adding that he was happy.
The depression didn’t start to come on until about April or May, she said. That’s when he started on antidepressants.
But Susan Williams said the depression wasn’t the biggest issue with her husband.
“That was a small piece of the pie of what was going on … really, what was overriding that more than depression was anxiety. And the anxiety was huge,” she said. View gallery Robin Williamsâ?? Widow Says She Was â??Forcedâ?? Into Legal … Robin Williams’ Widow Says She Was ‘Forced’ Into Legal Battle With His Kids Over Estate (ABC News)
He had started asking whether people were looking at him.
“We'd be out at dinner, and if people were looking at him because people couldn't help themselves. He would say, ‘Are they giving me the stink eye?’” she recalled, laughing, before adding, “And 98 percent of the time, it was like, ‘No, they're freaked out because you're Robin Williams. And they don't know what to do.’”
He had also begun to worry about his health. In November 2013, he had some stomach pain. The cause was never diagnosed. More symptoms surfaced in the subsequent months, including constipation, urinary trouble and sleeplessness.
By February, she could see that something was wrong. They were supposed to have gone to see friends who were celebrating a birthday but had to back out at the last minute because Williams was in bed.
‘THERE’S SOMETHING REALLY WRONG WITH ME’
“He said to me, he said, ‘There's something really wrong with me.’ I said, ‘I know, honey. I know there is. And we're going to get to the bottom of this. I swear. We're going to figure this out.’ And inside my mind for the first time, I started to wonder, ‘Are we?’” she said.
By that time she had started to wonder whether her husband was a hypochondriac.
“It's one thing after another and we're chasing it and there's no answers and by now, we -- I mean, we tried everything,” she said.
In May, they got answers. Robin Williams was diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, a progressive movement disorder which attacks the nerve cells in the brain, resulting in trembling hands, arms, legs and face and eventually leading to slow of movement, coordination problems and trouble walking or doing simple tasks, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Robach asked whether the actor had ever said he didn’t want to live anymore.
“No. Not even -- no. No,” his widow replied. “I mean, he was sick and tired of what was going on, absolutely … and when he got the Parkinson's diagnosis, you know, I mean, in one sense, it was like this is it. This is what we've been -- we've been chasing something, now we found it. And we felt the sense of release and relief. But also, like, ‘Oh, my god, what does this mean?’ OK?”
The actor had already started to show symptoms – stiffness, slumping, shuffling gait and “losing his ability in his voice,” -- but there was more going on that no one knew about, Susan Williams said.
A coroner’s report said Williams had Lewy body dementia, a common but difficult-to-diagnose condition that may have contributed to his decision to commit suicide.
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Thanks so much Jane. I am still amazed at how this works. I would love to do more of this work. It is so important that people know this work is real and beneficial. I have not heard back from Amy Robach at ABC but I did receive a receipt that she read my email. I am so proud of his wife. She figured it out and now she is telling the world.
Yes, definitely a validation. I am glad Robin's wife came out with this information, Bonnie. It is important for people to know the true reason for what happened.
Both Robin's personality and career persona were deeply rooted in his incredibly quick brilliant mind.
One can certainly see why he would not want to let his body and brain trap him.
Suicide is often condemned as an act of selfishness in our society.
Though I am inclined to believe that each situation is very different and here it feels that it may have actually been an act of selflessness.
Seems in Robin's case choosing to end his life and transitioning without regret may have been due to his having accomplished so much in his lifetime. He has left an indelible mark on the world with his kind, generous, creative spirit.