On August, 11, 2014, the world woke up to the devastating news that beloved actor, comedian, and philanthropist Robin Williams had died.
The 63-year-old actor endured a lifelong battle with mental illness and substance abuse, and unfortunately it culminated in him taking his own life. Williams was found unresponsive inside his home in Paradise Cay, California after hanging himself, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office.
Contrary to popular belief, Williams did not take his life because he suffered from manic-depression. His widow, Susan Schneider, revealed that her husband actually suffered from Lewy body dementia (LBD). She described the disease as "chemical warfare in the brain" and that "no one could have done anything more for Robin."
Lewy body is a form of difficult-to-diagnose dementia with symptoms such as slowed motor function, depression and hallucinations.
As expected, Williams's sudden demise took quite a toll on his family. His daughter, actress Zelda, took time out of the spotlight to grieve, and didn't publicly speak about her father for nearly a year after the tragedy.
On the first anniversary of the prolific entertainer's passing, his son, Zak, told People that the family was still "moving through the process of healing and recovering."
It's been nearly four years since Williams passed, but the heartbreaking impact it has had on the rest of society is only coming to light now.