New book reveals devastating insight into Robin Williams’ final days

A controversial new book claims to shed devastating light on the death of Robin Williams .

Dave Itzkoff’s eagerly-anticipated biography, Robin, details the star’s private health battles which led to his subsequent demise in August 2014, aged 63.

Specifically, it quotes a number of close friends who speak of the Oscar-winner’s personal difficulties and behind-the-scenes torment.

These included a dramatic lapse in memory, which frequently saw him forget his lines, and the wider onset of a degenerative brain disease.

Later, an autopsy would reveal that this was Lewy body disease – an incurable condition that causes dementia.

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One colleague, a make-up artist called Cheri Minns, told the New York Post that he would break down while filming Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

"He was sobbing in my arms at the end of every day. It was horrible. Horrible," she said.

"At night I was on my computer, looking up, ‘How to deal with a paranoid’ so that I wouldn’t say the wrong thing.

"I said to his people, ‘I’m a makeup artist. I don’t have the capacity to deal with what’s happening to him.’"

A few months later, in May 2014, he was formally diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

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His third wife, Susan Scheider, later detailed his symptoms in a piece for medical journal Neurology.

"He had a slow, shuffling gait. He hated that he could not find the words he wanted in conversations," she said.

"He would thrash at night and still had terrible insomnia. At times, he would find himself stuck in a frozen stance, unable to move, and frustrated when he came out of it. He was beginning to have trouble with visual and spatial abilities in the way of judging distance and depth.

"His loss of basic reasoning just added to his growing confusion."

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