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Robin Williams

Dementia Hallucinations Triggered Suicide

11/11/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams' suicide was triggered by a horrible disease called Lewy Body Dementia ... sources connected with his family tell TMZ.

TMZ has obtained documents showing Williams was struggling with the disease, which is marked by abnormal protein deposits in the brain that disrupt normal function. 

Lewy Body Dementia is a condition commonly associated with Parkinson's ... and people afflicted by both often get severe side effects from Parkinson's meds. Hallucinations are common, where patients see phantom objects, people or animals. The patients often try to converse with the illusions.

Robin's wife had told authorities shortly after his death he had been complaining about the meds and the way they made him feel.

Sources connected with the Williams family tell TMZ ... Lewy Body Dementia was the "key factor" they believe drove him to kill himself. We're told Robin's doctors agree that the disease was the critical factor leading to his suicide.

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Robin Williams

Suicide Triggered by Depression, Parkinson's, Paranoia

11/7/2014 10:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams was struggling with his Parkinson's, anxiety, depression and paranoia just before he committed suicide ... this according the Coroner's report.  
 
The paranoia has not been previously reported. According to the report -- obtained by TMZ -- the night before Robin died, he placed several wristwatches in a sock and gave them to someone because he was worried about their safe keeping.

Williams had 4 drugs in his system -- 2 anti-depressants, 2 caffeine compounds, (listed as a drug). The Coroner's report confirms what we were told by various people ... Williams was sober at the time of death.  

When authorities found Robin's body ... they saw a closed bottle of Seroquel, a drug that treats schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and depression. It was prescribed a week before he died.

The 63-year-old comedian committed suicide Aug. 11 by hanging himself with a belt in his Marin County home. He had also attempted to cut his wrists with a pocket knife. The report says authorities found a damp, white washcloth on the bathroom sink counter with a "reddish substance" -- possibly blood.

According to the Coroner's report ... authorities asked Williams' wife if Robin was into autoerotica. She said he was not, but he worked on a movie several years ago in which the character who played Williams' son died of autoerotica, and the scene was "very difficult and emotional for Mr. Williams."

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The report says the last outgoing call from Robin's phone was at 7:08 PM the night before he died. He had called his wife, and it lasted 38 seconds. She told authorities he called because he was picking up magazines for her at a bookstore.

The night before he died, Robin's wife said he seemed ok ... he had been rummaging through their closet and grabbed his iPad, which she thought was a good sign because he hadn't even watched TV or read anything in approximately 6 months ... which presumably is a manifestation of depression.

As for what Robin was looking at on his iPad ... the web browser had several tabs open to websites discussing medications, including Lyrica -- a seizure Rx -- and propranolol -- which treats blood pressure and tremors.

She says the last time she saw him -- at around 10:30 PM Sunday, she described his demeanor as "excited."  

As for why Robin and his wife were in separate bedrooms, she told authorities he had been having trouble sleeping and would move around a lot in bed and talk loudly in his sleep.

As we reported ... Williams was getting treatment for severe depression shortly before his death. After he died, Robin's widow Susan Schneider revealed he was in the early stages of Parkinson's.

According to the report ... Williams had experienced Parkinson's symptoms since 2011 -- he had a tremor in his left arm and movement in his left hand had slowed. He had recently started taking levodopa to treat it.

Williams' wife wanted to see the body before it was removed from the house. They pulled back the sheets and she prayed over the body ... and Sheriff's deputies joined her.

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Mike Tyson

Robin Williams' Drug Dealer

... Was My Drug Dealer

10/29/2014 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0102914_mike_tyson_stern_launchMike Tyson says he and Robin Williams battled drug addiction TOGETHER -- and bonded over the fact they bought drugs from the same "lowlife dealer."

Mike appeared on "The Howard Stern Show" on SiriusXM Radio and opened up about his issues with substance abuse and mental illness in a very candid interview. 

The boxing legend says he would go to meetings with Williams -- and revealed they would confide in each other.

Mike also says it always blew his mind that someone so beloved and respected as Robin could be connected to the same bad people as him.

As Howard put it ... "The world of drugs makes you go to the lowest common denominator."

Click here for more of the interview.

Robin Williams

Private Celebrity Tribute Held

9/28/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0928-robin-williams-tmz-01Robin William's famous friends and family gathered for a private memorial Saturday in San Francisco ... and Billy Crystal was in tears during the emotional tribute.

The event was reportedly held at the Curan Theatre and featured speeches from Billy, Whoopi Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Idle, Williams’ three children and his wife, Susan.

Stevie Wonder handled the tribute's music ... and the event was attended by Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Penny Marshall, Danny De Vito, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Josh Groban, Seth Green, Eddie Izzard and Richard Lewis.

Robin's daughter Zelda Williams reportedly organized a majority of the memorial.

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Robin Williams

Turned Down HUGE Vegas Offer

8/27/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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turned down a huge Las Vegas offer 2 years before he died ... and sources connected with Robin tell us it's further proof he did NOT have money troubles.

TMZ has obtained an AEG Live document to Robin ... offering him $600,000 to headline 2 shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

We're told Robin's people turned the offer down ... he was shooting "The Crazy Ones" at the time. Robin's people -- who have maintained all along money was not a factor in his suicide -- tell TMZ if he was really cash-strapped he would have done some moonlighting in Vegas to rake in some dough.

Under the proposal ... ticket prices ranged from $75 - $150.

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'Friday' Star John Witherspoon

Robin Williams Was A Coke Fiend

8/23/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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John Witherspoon has thrown cold water on the homages to Robin Williams ... saying he was a hardcore junkie.

Witherspoon -- who played the father in "Friday" -- worked with Robin back in 1977 on the set of "The Richard Pryor Show" ... and tells us not only was Robin an addict, but that he even stole his coke right out from under him.

John actually cracked a cocaine joke describing Robin's prior penchant for coke.

Robin Williams' Son

Smiling and Mingling With Friends

8/21/2014 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0820_Cody-Williams_splashRobin Williams' son Cody put on a brave face ... mingling with friends Tuesday in San Francisco to celebrate his dad's life.

Cody was dressed casually as he arrived at an invitation-only event at Marsha Garces' home ... she's Cody's mom and Robin's second wife. The outside of the house was strewn with candles and bouquets from well-wishers.

The 22-year-old Cody is not seen in the pic with his sister, Zelda, or half-brother, Zac

No plans have been announced for a public memorial for Robin ... whose cremated remains were scattered in the San Francisco Bay.

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Kid From 'Jumanji'

Now Open About HIS Depression

8/21/2014 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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082114_bradley_pierce_launchRobin Williams is inspiring people even in death ... his young co-star from "Jumanji" has decided it's time for people like him suffering from depression to shed the shame.

Somehow our photog spotted Bradley Pierce -- who played Peter Shepard in the classic 1995 comedy -- Wednesday night in L.A.

Pierce said he's been motivated to talk openly about his battle with depression, which he's dealt with since he was 16.

Pierce also shared a great story about Williams from the set of "Jumanji" about filming the monsoon scene -- the only time he ever got aggressive.  

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CREMATED

Ashes Scattered At Sea

8/20/2014 6:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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' body was cremated the day after he died ... and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay ... this according to the official death certificate.

The document -- issued in Marin County where he died -- does not list an immediate cause of death ... instead it merely says, "pending investigation."

Williams committed suicide August 11th ... after hanging himself with a belt at his home in Tiburon, CA. As we reported, he had been severely depressed.

The coroner is still waiting for the results of toxicology tests ... to see if Williams had any chemicals in his body when he died. Those results will be available in the next few weeks.

Robin Williams

Suicide Was 'Spontaneous'

NOT Premeditated

8/18/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams
did not plan his suicide ... in fact, hours before he hanged himself he was making plans for upcoming projects.

A confidante of Robin's who spoke with him the day before his body was discovered tells TMZ ... they had a fairly lengthy discussion about several deals in the works and Robin was "completely engaged in the conversation."  

The source says Robin was asking lots of questions about the deals ... inconsistent with someone who planned on killing himself.

The confidante says there was nothing out of the ordinary during the conversation ... saying "He [Robin] was unhappy which he often was, but it was nothing unusual."  As for why Robin was unhappy, the source says Robin, like lots of other comedians, "lived in a dark place." 

We're also told no one in Robin's life -- including his wife or personal assistant -- had any idea suicide was looming. 

We're told the family believes whatever set Robin off on his fatal path occurred shortly before he cut, then hanged himself. 

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Robin Williams

'Crazy Ones' Cancellation Devastating

'A Personal Failure'

8/16/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams was "devastated' when his TV show, "The Crazy Ones," was cancelled ... sending him into a deep depression that ultimately led to his suicide. 

Sources who frequently interacted with Williams during the last month of his life tell TMZ ... Williams viewed the cancellation as a "personal failure."  As Williams put it to one person just before the show debuted, "My face is all over town [on billboards] and it's all on my back."

We're told the cancellation after only 1 season sent Robin into a tailspin -- as one person said, "It hit him hard" -- and that's why he entered the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center last month -- not for substance abuse, but for depression.

To make matters worse, we're told Robin was increasingly depressed that he was older and good roles for him were few and far between.  He would talk about Robert De Niro, saying even he was having a hard time.

Our sources say Parkinson's disease wasn't nearly as significant a factor in his depression as "The Crazy Ones."  We're told Robin knew he had the disease for 5 months.  

One confidant tells us, "Robin was told by doctors the medications were so great he wouldn't even start to show symptoms for 6 or 7 years."

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Money Complaints

Typical 'Divorce Jokes'

8/15/2014 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams did not have money trouble and money had no connection to his depression ... although he DID complain about being taken to the cleaners "the way most divorced husbands do" ... so says a person who frequently discussed finances with the actor.

The source -- who was in regular contact with Robin -- tells us he was not cash strapped and lived "the way he wanted to," adding, "He always flew first class, took great vacations and lived in the house he loved." 

As for why he was selling his Napa ranch, we're told he just didn't like going there anymore. The source says the ranch was "a thing" for Robin and his second wife, Marsha, and he just didn't enjoy going there any longer. 

The source says Robin did complain over the years about "getting taken to the cleaners by his ex-wives."

Multiple sources tell us ... money had nothing to do with the depression that ultimately led to Robin's suicide.

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Parkinson's a Factor in Suicide

But NOT the Cause

8/15/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Williams' Parkinson's diagnosis had an impact on his depressed state ... on both a psychological and physiological level -- but it's NOT why he committed suicide ... multiple sources connected to the family tell TMZ.

We're told ... Robin was struggling emotionally with the diagnosis ... like anyone would. Our sources say Parkinson's was NOT the reason for his depression ... something Robin lived with for years. But we're told the Parkinson's news "exacerbated" his depressed state of mind.

We're also told doctors were treating Robin with meds to slow the progression of the disease down, and the cocktail -- which was a work in progress to get right -- also had a negative impact on his emotional state.

And doctors believe Parkinson's itself physiologically triggers depression in people.

But our sources make it clear ... the diagnosis of Parkinson's did NOT trigger Robin's suicide.  It was the result of chronic, intense depression that dogged the actor for much of his life.

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