Robin Williams had forgotten "how to be funny" in his last days, new book reveals

Robin Williams had forgotten "how to be funny" in his last days, new book reveals
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The last tragic days of Robin Williams has been revealed in a new book, which details how the actor's mind and body disintegrated from an incurable brain disorder which he did not know about till the end. 

The book titled 'Robin' and written by Dave Itzkoff talks about how the Academy Award winner lost all his self-confidence and self-esteem days before his suicide in August 2014.

The book also reveals how he would weep daily during the period, and according to close friends and family, he had completely forgotten "how to be funny". Robin Williams passed away at the age of 63-years-old in the year 2014. 

Robin Williams (Source: Getty Images)

Makeup artist Cheri Minns says in the book, "He was sobbing in my arms at the end of every day. It was horrible... I said to his people, I'm a makeup artist. I don’t have the capacity to deal with what’s happening to him."

Minns had even suggested that Robin should consider returning to stand-up to help him get out of the rut he was stuck in and attempt to rebuild some of his self-confidence but as reported by the New York Post, Robin did not accept and flatly refused the suggestion. 

"He just cried and said, ‘I can’t, Cheri. I don’t know how anymore. I don’t know how to be funny," Minns continued. 

Robin was unaware that he was suffering from a pernicious neurodegenerative disease which was slowly robbing him of his talents, his brain, and himself.

Robin's wife, Susan Schneider, says in the book, "It was like playing whack-a-mole. Which symptom is it this month? I thought, is my husband a hypochondriac? We’re chasing it and there’s no answers, and by now we’d tried everything."

On the 28th of May in the year 2014, Robin was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder which impairs motor functioning.


Robin did not disclose his illness to anyone except his inner circle of family and friends. The actor was found hanged in his bedroom in August the same year. 

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