When Robin Williams took his own life in 2014, the world collectively mourned. The 63-year-old committed suicide in his California home after a long battle with depression. It was later attributed to the Lewy Body Dementia which was consuming his mind.
The news came as a colossal shock because Williams himself was synonymous with laughter. The actor and comedian was an iconic figure in the entertainment industry, especially in humorous movies like Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Flubber (1997).
It was hard for his fans to understand how their comedic idol had succumbed to depression when, on the surface, he was always smiling.
However, one person who may have had an early insight into the Chicago-born actor’s deeper troubles was lawyer and writer, Kate Osher, who’d met Williams at LAX airport as she attempted to transport her husband’s ashes across the country.
Tragically, Osher’s husband of eight years took his own life on May 18, 2002. Still raw with emotion from the unexpected events that had hit her, Osher was finding the journey a challenge. But that all changed when she met Robin Williams.
“Post 9/11 it wasn’t always easy to get a Tupperware of your late husband’s ashes through TSA security, and at LAX one afternoon I found myself on the receiving end of an agent with a power trip like no other,” she revealed.
“After several threats telling me I was going to have to toss the ashes, and me going ballistic and falling into hysterics and finally having a real cop come in and look at the death certificate I always carried with me, I made it to the airport bar still crying and clutching my little container.”
Crippled by the whole experience combined with the tragedy she’d faced, Osher was hysterical. Sitting in the airport bar with a whiskey on the rocks, her face towards the wall so that other travelers couldn’t see how emotional she was, Osher felt a hand on her shoulder.