Behind Robin Williams' Suicide: Canceled TV Show?
Sources say cancellation of 'The Crazy Ones' hit him hard
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2014 5:03 PM CDT
Sarah Michelle Gellar, left, and Robin Williams participate in "The Crazy Ones" panel at the CBS Summer TCA on Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Robin Williams was struggling with his Parkinson's diagnosis, which he reportedly received five months before his death—but multiple sources tell TMZ that the diagnosis wasn't the reason for his suicide, though it did "exacerbate" the chronic depression he'd lived with for so long. Parkinson's itself is also thought to trigger depression physiologically, and the drugs Williams was taking also had a negative effect on his emotions. But a bigger trigger for Williams' suicide? According to TMZ's sources, the cancellation of Williams' TV show, The Crazy Ones, after just one season.

He was "devastated" when the series was canceled, they say, and went into a tailspin that ultimately led to his death. He entered the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center last month to try to deal with the depression, not substance abuse, they say. "My face is all over town [on billboards] and it's all on my back," Williams reportedly told one friend about the show. Sources say he saw the cancellation as a "personal failure," and was also depressed about how difficult it was to find work in Hollywood at his age. (Michael J. Fox said he was "stunned" to learn Williams also suffered from Parkinson's.)

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Eguth3
Aug 22, 2014 12:56 PM CDT
I tried very hard to like the Crazy One but, I couldn't watch them try to force laughter (laugh track). I was disappointed. It wasn't his fault, it was the bad writing. I didn't think there was any chemistry between him and his co-stars.
smg45acp
Aug 18, 2014 8:09 AM CDT
Every High School drama class and every college level acting class needs to make it very clear to anyone wanting to go into acting that: 1, it is very unlikely that you will ever make a living as an actor. 2, if by some miracle you make a living as an actor you will only get work for just a few years before the next crop of younger actors pushes you out of the way. 3, So if you do make it to the "Big Times" save your money, because it doesn't last forever. Seriously, how many actors can you name that have been on the "A" list for over 20 years? Now go back and look up the top movies of 10, 20 and 30 years ago. How many of the lead actors in those big movies are working today? Not too many.
realhumanbeing
Aug 18, 2014 6:42 AM CDT
Robin Williams is Not Dead... He's just a Dam good actor and let people think he's dead.