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

Show Notes for Episode 71!


Robin’s Wish

Susan’s talk on CNN

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on and in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- The Theatre Downstream- “The Why Not Philosophy”-

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