In His Own Words: Robin Williams On His Battle With Addiction (VIDEO)

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August 12, 2014 12:28 p.m.
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Actor and comedian Robin Williams, who died Monday in an apparent suicide, battled alcoholism and drug addiction throughout his life.

He spoke openly about his drug use and his sobriety later in life both during television interviews and in stand-up routines.

Watch a clip from a 2010 stand-up routine in which Williams talks about both illegal substances and prescription drugs:

The comedian discussed his return to stand-up and how his “Weapons of Self-Destruction” comedy show addressed substance abuse during a 2010 interview with ABC News in Australia:

Williams discussed addiction and the hope that sometimes helped keep him from relapsing in a 2006 interview with ABC‘s Diane Sawyer:


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Watch the comedian discuss alcoholism in 2006 during his “Live at the Met” show:

In a 2013 interview with CBS, Williams spoke about his experience acting after a long period of sobriety:

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