“He was sobbing in my arms at the end of every day. It was horrible. Horrible. I said to his people, ‘I’m a makeup artist. I don’t have the capacity to deal with what’s happening to him’,” she says in the book.
Minns even asked the actor to return to stand-up comedy
To get back his confidence but he just cried and said, “I can’t, Cheri. I don’t know how anymore. I don’t know how to be funny.”
The actor’s third wife, Susan Schneider, said he started complaining about an array of symptoms: indigestion, trouble urinating, insomnia, loss of his sense of smell and heartburn. A slight tremor cropped up in his left hand, which was attributed to a shoulder injury.
“It was like playing whack-a-mole. Which symptom is it this month? I thought, is my husband a hypochondriac? We’re chasing it and there’s no answers, and by now we’d tried everything,” Schneider says in the book
Billy Crystal, Williams’ old friend, described the actor looking frail and “uncharacteristically quiet” when he saw him after a four-month gap.
Crystall recalls when they said their goodbyes after dinner, the actor burst into tears.
“What’s the matter?” Crystal asked.
“Oh, I’m just so happy to see you. It’s been too long. You know I love you,” Williams said to him.
Williams, a four-time Oscar nominee, won a supporting actor Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” for his portrayal of a wise and morose psychologist.
One of the most beloved artistes of his generation, he featured in films such as “Mrs Doubtfire”, “Dead Poets Society” and “Patch Adams”