Tuesday Jan 17, 2023

Robin Williams: Comic Genius, Devoted Friend, and Unwitting Victim to a Devastating Disease

CW: Discussion of Suicide/Self-Harm, Substance Abuse

For millions of people, Robin Williams will live forever as “Oh Captain, My Captain” and the beloved Genie in “Aladdin.”

But the comic genius who rose to meteoric fame after being cast as the charming alien Mork in “Mork and Mindy” and starred in blockbusters like “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Jumanji” tragically died in 2014 of asphyxiation caused by hanging. He was only 63. 

And it was only after Robin’s autopsy that the truth emerged. This talented, beloved actor and comedian who was known for his manic humor and quick wit had actually been suffering from the devastating effects of Lewy Body Disease, misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s. Many, including his wife Susan, feel that an accurate diagnosis could have offered Robin a chance at more specialized treatment and perhaps even more importantly, peace.

Join us as we discuss the life and legacy of the legendary Robin Williams, including his unwitting battle with a silent killer.

Special thanks to Jennifer Gries for our listener shout-out! 

#RobinWilliams #LewyBodyDementia #ABendInTheRoad

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