Robin Williams' Battles with Drug and Alcohol Addiction Were Well Known Over the Years

The comedian and actor had discussed his struggle with sobriety publicly in the past.
1:30 | 08/11/14

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Robin Williams struggles with drug and alcohol addiction were well known throughout the years and he talked publicly about his battle to -- -- Our coverage continues here on the special West Coast edition would ABC's David right now. As a comedian and actor Robin Williams always seemed to be super charged. Possessed by the characters he improvised. Was honest about the fact that it took lots of drugs to fuel that much energy. A battle compound and at times by a messy personal lives. The struggle providing fodder for his stand up. And also perhaps giving him empathy in the -- that one name is Oscar a psychiatrist in Good Will Hunting. Think about what you -- in the media today. Government pension. -- -- and I think about it. Williams tried several times to go sober a lot of people said. Is -- perk is the person said those things. The same person drunk. Responsible and I think the -- -- you yourself -- when you that's another side of yourself that even you don't know the fact that doctor Jekyll mr. Jack Daniels. There is another person who appears his first wake up call when his friend and fellow comedian John Belushi died of an overdose. This summer he was back in rehab again sadly it seems the monster. Got the better of him. David Wright ABC news Hollywood.

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