Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams

Actor was clearly struggling, friends say

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2014 10:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – In the days before his death, Robin Williams "would often sleep a majority of the day and night," a source tells Radar. He was so depressed, "he wasn't eating and was just having problems getting out of bed," the source continues. "He would often complain that he was just so tired, even after sleeping 20 hours." Friends who will actually allow their names to be used tell the Los Angeles Times similar, though not as dramatic, stories. "He started to disconnect," fellow comedian and longtime friend Rick Overton says. "He wasn't returning calls as much. He would send texts and things like that, but they would get shorter and shorter." He was last photographed in public on Saturday night, with his wife at an art gallery reception near his home, TMZ reports, noting that he looked "frail" but seemed happy and was not drinking. He was found dead Monday morning.

"You could just tell something was off," says Steven Pearl, another comedian and longtime friend, about the last time he saw Williams last month. "He seemed detached. It's hard to explain. He didn't seem like his usual self. My fiancee and I were like, 'Is he OK?' I didn't know it would get this dark." He also took a hit with the cancellation of his TV show, The Crazy Ones, after just one season, Overton says. And since Williams had spoken last year about needing to take on that gig in the first place thanks to all the money coughed up in his two divorces, some speculated financial problems contributed to his suicide, leading his publicist to explain to The Wrap that the actor "had no financial problems. ... Robin often said things in jest, and sometimes it just doesn't translate in print." He took the job "because of (show creator) David Kelley and the material ... not because he needed the money," she says. The current speculation, ETOnline notes, is whether Williams and his wife frequently slept in separate rooms, as they did on the last night of Williams' life.

This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif.
This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
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