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Mid-Michigan woman remembers Robin Williams

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News broke Thursday that Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease when he took his own life earlier this week.

The revelation comes as Williams is remembered by a Mid-Michigan woman who had a special connection to the troubled actor.

A Grand Blanc woman who retired as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force flew with Williams when he performed overseas for U.S. soldiers. She shared her personal experience with the comic legend.

"He was just one of the crew. He never expected to be treated like a celebrity," Allison Miller said. "He had his stage performances and made us all laugh. And sure, he had times when he wasn't on, but was still kind and polite and friendly," Miller said.

Investigators said Williams hanged himself with a belt on Monday. They said Williams' personal assistant found him in a bedroom with cuts on his wrist. 

Miller remembers Williams not only for his humor, but also for his humility.

"He slept in the same tents, showered in the same shower, made the best of it and never complained," she said. "It's heartbreaking, he gave so much to make others feel good even though he was hurting inside."

As the world mourns the loss of an icon who delivered one humor-filled performance after the next, Miller said there's another aspect of the comedian's life people should keep in mind and in their hearts.

"His family lost a father, a husband. Just like any of us who lost a loved one, they're grieving," she said.

Williams was 63 years old.

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