After “Mork and Mindy” had run its course, Dawber’s and Williams’ lives took different routes, as lives do, but 30 or so years later, in 2014, the old friends reunited when Dawber guest-starred on William’s sitcom “The Crazy Ones.” According to AV Club, Williams didn’t know the producers asked Dawber to guest star and didn’t tell him until she signed on, and when they told him, he “got a little misty.”
Dawber told AV Club of the experience, “Oh, it was so much fun. I mean, it really was just so much fun … Robin was never one of those comedians that was competitive and had to have all the funny lines. It was always playtime for him. He’s just very generous … But it’s different. We’re different, and it’s a different show, and … he’s a grown-up! So it was really interesting to just be there for that few days. I loved it.”
Just months later on August 11, 2014, Williams would hang himself with a belt at his home. Though the actor and comedian suffered from depression and had struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, it would later be learned that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which an autopsy showed was a misdiagnosis. He actually had a rare illness called Lewy body disease, according to CBS News, which can look like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
When learning of Williams’ suicide, Dawber said, “I am completely and utterly devastated. What else can I say?,” IMDb reported.