How old would Robin Williams be today?
(CNN) In August, it will have been seven years since the death of Robin Williams shocked the world. The famed comedian and actor died by suicide in 2014 after battling Lewy body dementia. Williams would have turned 70 on Wednesday. Robin Williams died August 11, 2014, at age 63. CNNRobin Williams: Remembering him on what would have been his 70th birthday
Updated 8:29 PM ET, Wed July 21, 2021
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22 July, 2021 - 06:01am
These problems can make regular activities harder and the condition could eventually led to people being unable to look after themselves.
He went on to question the medication that his dad was put on and suggested that it may have actually been detrimental to his health.
"Those drugs are no joke," he said. "They're also really hard on the mind and the body."
Zak also told how he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after he visited a psychiatrist while dealing with the loss of his dad.
"I was heavily drinking to manage my mental health where it created very harmful issues. For me personally, I was having health issues.
"I was experiencing some psychosis and when I spoke with a psychiatrist I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."
He went on to reveal that he received help through a 12-step program as well as group therapy, which he says helped him.
21 July, 2021 - 02:08pm
Robin Williams was one of the greatest comedic actors of all time, rising to fame in the late '70s for playing Mork in Mork & Mindy and going on to star in classic films such as Good Morning Vietnam, Popeye, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, The Birdcage, and much more. He even won an Academy Award in 1998 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting. Sadly, Williams passed away in 2014 at age 63 of an apparent suicide. Since the star's passing, people have continued to pay tribute to him in various ways, often sighting him as one of the hardest celebrity deaths. Williams was born in 1951 on July 21st, which would have made today his 70th birthday. Many people have taken to Twitter to honor Williams on his special day.
Today, Twitter is filled with quotes by Williams, stills from his best projects, fan art, and throwback photos from his many years working in Hollywood. Back in 2020, a documentary was released about Williams and featured his wife, Susan Schneider Williams, saying, "The way that he was able to battle through the inner turmoils, he was a freaking warrior." Similar sentiments are being expressed on Twitter today. You can check out some of the tweets that were made in Williams' honor below...
Happy birthday Robin Williams, we miss you everyday. 🤍🕊 pic.twitter.com/7iSh7S0L0S
the way he lit up the screen, and our lives ✨
Robin Williams would have been 70 today. 💙🦋 pic.twitter.com/Sq3zEgOWZ2
Robin Williams would have been 70 years old today. (📷s by Sonya Sones) pic.twitter.com/PPpqRevA2u
Robin Williams winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting will always be one of my favorite Oscar moments.
Happy 70th Birthday #RobinWilliams
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21 July, 2021 - 10:41am
After attending the prestigious Julliard School in New York City for a few years, Williams left to pursue his stand-up comedy career. He found mainstream success with the 1978 sitcom Mork & Mindy. He broke out in film acting with Good Morning, Vietnam and Dead Poets Society, the former of which earned him an Oscar nomination.
This led to a surge in roles in the ’90s. Movies such as Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Flubber performed well at the box office. His voice acting turns in children’s flicks like FernGully: The Last Rainforest and Aladdin also did well. However, the next decade brought a string of box-office bombs like RV and License to Wed.
Williams was born on July 21, 1951. So, had he lived until 2021, he would have been celebrating his 70th birthday. In honor of the day, many shared their favorite films of the actor’s, from The Birdcage and Good Will Hunting to the Happy Feet and Night at the Museum franchises.
Williams died several years before this milestone birthday. He died in August 2014, a few weeks after turning 63. An official report deemed his cause of death “asphyxia due to hanging,” according to NBC News. This led to a discussion around mental health, as Williams dealt with “depression, anxiety, and the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.”
In the years since his death, Williams’ fans have kept his memory alive with frequent reminders of him on social media. Additionally, his daughter, Zelda Williams, occasionally talks about him on her own accounts. However, she notes that it’s not always easy to do as the daughter of someone so beloved.
“Many of them miss Dad and see me as a target for their rage/need for acknowledgment to fend [off] nihilism,” she once tweeted in response to someone asking why people attack her on social media. “I’m a publicly available remnant of him that people seem to confuse as an altar to him to curse fortune at,” she added.
Despite his success in the entertainment industry, Williams faced financial hardship near the end of his life. Though his net worth was reportedly $50 million, he told Parade he took a “steady job” (a sitcom, The Crazy Ones, which aired for one season) because “there are bills to pay.”
“My life has downsized, in a good way. I’m selling the ranch up in Napa. I just can’t afford it anymore,” Williams continued. He added that he “lost enough” but “not all” his money due to his 1988 and 2010 divorces. Additionally, he had trusts set up for his three children: Zelda and her brothers, Zak and Cody.