Robin Williams' suicide left fans around the world scrambling for answers: why would such a kind-hearted, good-humored man choose this?
When the news of his Parkinson's diagnosis broke, many thought they had found the answer. But that's only part of the story.
According to those closest to him, the new disease and accompanying trials did impact Robin, "exacerbating" his fragile mental state.
And the medications he was taking to treat the Parkinson's kept him down a bit more than usual.
Those close to Robin do not believe Parkinson's was the cause of his suicide. This was a bump on a very long, very hard road.
So hard to hear.
If you're suffering from depression, please seek help. We know it seems like nothing out there can help, because feeling that way is one of the symptoms. But there is help out there.
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