This is both deeply shocking, and not at all surprising in the world we live in. The tragic death of comedy legend Robin Williams is getting its own TV special.
Trigger warning: This post deals with suicide and may be triggering for some readers.
A new television show plans to recreate the death of late comedian Robin Williams — and unsurprisingly, the proposal has been met with disgust.
The documentary series, Autopsy, will reportedly depict the tragic death of the actor and comedian, whose body was found in his California home on August 11 last year.
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A coroner ruled the cause of his death asphyxiation, and Williams’ wife Susan Schneider revealed that the comic genius was sober at the time of his death, having previously struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol. It was a deeply sad event, and Williams was mourned around the world.
The Mrs Doubtfire and Dead Poets Society star, who was 63, privately battled the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and had lived with depression for decades.
Autopsy, which will air on America’s Channel 5, will also tackle the deaths of other celebrities including Brittany Murphy, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, Daily Mail reports.
But friends, family and fans of Williams– who is survived by children Zelda, Cody and Zach — are understandably outraged by the news.
A family friend told the Daily Mirror that Robin’s “wife and family will be utterly dismayed that someone is seeking to profit from Robin’s death is such a grotesque way.”
‘The producers should be ashamed of themselves,” the friend continued. “I hope people refuse to watch.”
Robin William’s wife, Susan Schneider, issued a statement after his death asking for the family’s privacy to be respected during their mourning period.
“On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief,” she said. “As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”