Revered comedian Robin Williams died seven years ago, and the world bade lost an icon. On what would have been his 70th birthday, his son, Zak Williams, shared some new details surrounding his passing.
TV legend Robin Williams is considered one of the best to do it in the comic sphere. However, his family, friends, and fans were thrown into mourning after his death in 2014.
Two years before his passing, Robin suffered health complications that affected his mental state of mind and eventually led to his death. Robin's son Zak Pym Williams opened up his demise in a recent podcast chat, revealing new details.
Robin Williams at the after party for opening night of "Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo" at Espace on March 31, 2011 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
ROBIN WAS MISDIAGNOSED
Zak appeared on "The Genius Life" podcast with Max Lugavere, where he opened up about the tragic passing of his dad. He made it known that the "Mrs. DoubtFire" star was misdiagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
Following Robin's death, Zak plunged into depression. The 38-year-old suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Zak kept it real as he talked about the effect of his father's misdiagnosis and how he struggled to deal with it years after Robin passed. The 38-year-old was candid as he said:
What I saw was frustration. What he was going through didn't match one to one [with what] many Parkinson's patients experience. So, I think that was hard for him."
Robin Williams and Zak Williams attend the Timo Pre Fall 2009 Launch with Interview Magazine at Phillips De Pury on November 18, 2008 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
The mental health advocate noted that his dad was quite uncomfortable. Zak added that he felt like his dad's medications did more harm than good due to the wrong diagnosis.
He shared that the drugs were "hard on the mind and the body." There was also a build-up on Robin's health complication, and Zak described the two years as a moment of intense frustration for Robin.
The PYM founder shared that the iconic comedian struggled with focusing and memory issues, affecting his craft. In an autopsy report months after Robin's death, it was discovered that he had Lewy body dementia.
ZAK FACED MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Following Robin's death, Zak plunged into depression. The 38-year-old suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, which led him to seek solace in alcohol. The prolonged effect led him to suffer bouts of psychosis.
Zak eventually knew he needed to take care of himself. The "Graduates" star noted that he became tired of treating himself through harmful means. So, he channeled his energy into positivity by supporting mental health advocacy.
The dad-of-two enrolled for a 12-step program amid other means of therapy. With his determination set on helping people concerning mental health, Zak founded PYM.
PYM is a mental wellness organization that specializes in neuro-nutrition. Zak researched how nutrient deficiency could affect the brain and psychological well-being.
INSIDE ROBIN'S STRUGGLES
The actor felt the impact of his health issues, mostly on his career. According to reports, in 2014, Robin had a breakdown while he filmed "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb."
Makeup artist Cheri Minns recalled how he would cry on her laps every day while on set. She noted that she had no idea how to deal with it or help him. She noted that Robin struggled to remember his lines,
Minns shared that she had advised him to return to stand-up comedy. She pointed out that the actor lamented that he did not know how to be funny anymore. The makeup artist struggled to reconcile the funny legend with what she was seeing.
Robin, who died at the age of 63, was found lifeless in his California home. Authorities arrived when he was unconscious and not breathing. He reportedly died from asphyxia.
ZAK'S TRIBUTE TO THE ACTOR
For the late patriarch's posthumous 70th birthday, Zak shared a moving tribute on Instagram. He posted a throwback photo of Robin, where the actor was dressed in an all-black outfit looking radiant. He wrote in the caption:
"Dad, on what would be your 70th birthday, I would want you to know that your incredible spirit lives within us."
Zak continued as he mentioned that his legendary dad's legacy would live on fresh in the memories of their family members. He wrote on how much his father was missed and would continue to be loved.
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