A months before his suicide on Aug. 11, Robin Williams helped a terminal cancer patient cross something off her bucket list. The comedian sent a message to Vivian Waller, 21, after he heard that one of her goals was to meet him, the Sunday Star Times reported. Since the fan was from New Zealand and too sick to fly to meet Williams, her friends reached out to the actor, and he responded with a video.
“Hi Vivienne. It’s Robin Williams here,” he said in the short clip. “Just saying, ‘Hey girl, what’s going on down there in New Zealand?’ Sending all my love to you, Jack and Sophie. Mark this off your bucket list.” He did a quick impersonation of Matthew McConaughey and then finished with, “Much love to you, baby,” and blew her a kiss before he signed off.
On her bucket list, Waller said she wanted to celebrate her 21st birthday, see her daughter Sophie celebrate her first birthday, get married, travel to one of the Cook Islands and meet Robin Williams, the Sunday Star Times wrote.
Waller was diagnosed with liver, bowel and lung cancer in January. Her husband said his wife does not yet know about the actor’s suicide, but said he decided to share the message because, “We love him, we want to show people how awesome a person he was.”
In regard to her condition, Jack said: “Viv struggles with a lack of energy and it is quite difficult for her to concentrate.” He added: “We are just enjoying the time we have together. We take things a day at a time.”
Williams, 63, took his own life after reportedly battling depression for years. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, his widow Susan Schneider revealed. Comedian Rob Schneider alleged Parkinson’s medicine led Williams' his death.
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