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
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)

(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.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams is...
3%
3%
85%
2%
3%
4%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 29 comments
officerbob007
Aug 24, 2014 9:34 AM CDT
I've suffered from depression since the mid 1990's. I have had a bad low once and it scared me because of the way I was thinking and was actually going to do. People don't understand how messed up your mind gets when you have a bad low. Sometimes you cannot recover from it. I had a hell of a time making decisions and people around me had to do that for me. I heard a child say, "He doesn't do happy very well." It was a wake up call and time to get the help I needed. I still have struggles and I know how to handle them. Pray for those who are hurting, because the pain can be too much sometimes.
Lisa Iovacchini
Aug 23, 2014 12:46 PM CDT
Who cares if his wife and him slept in seperate beds. Stay on the main important subject. Here was a man who was suffering inside so horrible, battling depression and a substance problem. These are all things that we should be aware of and talk openly about without shame. Bring more awareness to these things and when we recognize any of symptoms of something is wrong - intervene. We think it is taboo to speak about mental illness & substance abuse. Instead of turning a blind eye reach out and help save someone's life so another family does not suffer from a great tragedy of a beloved one.
Adam Seth Butschi
Aug 23, 2014 2:13 AM CDT
I never thought a saint could be so tortured. It kind of makes me question god and his "master plan"!