While the world still mourns the death of actor Robin Williams on August 11, 2014, it seems that the comic legend is more than happy now that he's experiencing the afterlife. In fact, he’s laughing again!
Williams died at the age of 63 in his California mansion. According to Lieut. Keith Boyd from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the cause of death was “asphyxia due to hanging.” While he always laughed on the outside, he had been suffering for years due to decades of addiction, which led to deep depression, said his publicist. His wife, Susan Schneider, has also come forward to let the world know that her husband had Parkinson’s disease.
Well, it seems the comedian is still laughing but now it is from beyond the veil. According to security staff at his previous earthly home, the Oscar winner has taken to turning on the television so he can watch comedy programs including one with stand-up comedian Richard Pryor, who passed over in 2005.
Staff says that when this happens, they hear ethereal laughing. Because of this otherworldly activity Williams has now become known as the “giggling ghoul,”
“Security go in every couple of hours to check the alarm system but several times now the TV has been on,” said a neighbor. “It's typical Robin – to be playing practical jokes and making people laugh, even in the afterlife.”
Who knows – maybe Williams and Prior are sitting around laughing together. It is comforting to know that Williams is able to do that since he is no longer suffering physically or mentally. His death has renewed calls not just for better services for those who suffer depression but also to further investigate the link between Parkinson’s and serious mood changes.
In a neurological study conducted by Dr. Daniel Wintraub, a psychiatric professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine about two-thirds of people with Parkinson’s “screened positive for depression during their first two years with the disease” and had not received any therapy to help them. Dr. Wintraub said the primary focus for such patients in placed on deteriorating motor skills, “so that probably helps explain under recognition and under-treatment of depression.”
Although suicide is never a good option, it is nice to know that Williams is now experiencing profound ‘comedic relief’ in the spirit world. He must also be happy to know that his sudden passing might help others.