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08 January 2021

Robin Williams’ dementia revealed in new film

When Robin Williams passed away in 2014, the entire film world was rocked as it lost one of its greatest and most beloved actors.

A new documentary Robin's Wish looks into the last few months of the star's life and reveal the events leading up to his death.

The film was made with the support of some of Robin's close friends and colleagues as well as his widow Susan Schneider Williams.

The star was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder known as Lewy Body Dementia. Robin's Wish shares the story from a new perspective and will give viewers an opportunity to take a closer look at the Hollywood legend.

Director Tylor Norwood said that the documentary will open people's eyes and hopes that it can provide clarity on Robin's passing.

"It is a moment for us to understand the pain he felt as his talents and faculties rapidly slipped away, and moreover how in the face of that terrifying reality, he was more heroic, more compassionate than any character he ever played in any of his movies," he said.

"So I hope this film rights a wrong that was done to him, and takes away a cloud that has unjustly hung over his legacy for far too long."

Lewy Body Dementia is a type of progressive dementia that leads to a decline in thinking, reasoning and independent function because of abnormal microscopic deposits that damage brain cells over time.

Most experts estimate that Lewy body dementia is the third most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, accounting for 5 to 10 per cent of cases.

Robin's Wish is now available to watch in the UK and can be viewed on different digital and on-demand platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Sky Store, Virgin Movies, Rakuten, Chili, Microsoft and Google for digital and download.

Watch the trailer for Robin’s Wish here

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