Aug 20, 2014

    Williams brought cheer to cancer victim


    A VIDEO has emerged that shows actor Robin Williams delivering a message of support to a terminally ill young woman in New Zealand shortly before he took his own life.

    Williams, 63, was found dead last week after years of battling depression and anxiety. He had also been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

    According to New Zealand's Sunday Star Times, Williams sent a video message to fan Vivian Waller, 21, who is in an Auckland hospice suffering from lung, bowel and liver cancer.

    When Mrs Waller was diagnosed in January, she drew up a bucket list that had five wishes on it: to get married, celebrate her 21st birthday, see her daughter Sophie celebrate her first birthday, travel to Rarotonga, and meet Williams.

    She was too ill to travel to the United States to try to meet Williams, so one of her friends reached out to the comedian and he recorded a short video clip which he e-mailed to the family a few months ago, according to the Star Times.

    Her husband, Jack, said his wife was thrilled beyond belief with Williams' heartfelt and personal video message.

    In the video, Williams said: "Hi's Robin Williams here saying 'hey girl what's going on down there in New Zealand'.

    "I'm sending all my love to you, Jack and Sophie...knock this off your bucket list."

    Williams then breaks into song briefly and explains that he's "channelling Matthew McConaughey" before signing off with - "much love to you baby".

    Mr Waller has yet to discuss Williams' suicide with his wife, as it's a topic he finds too difficult to broach, said the Star Times.

    The couple were married in February, a month after finding out that Mrs Waller was terminally ill, it said.