Robin Williams in ICU with heart trouble

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Manic comedian Robin Williams experienced chest pain and shortness of breath earlier this week while in Florida. The comic is in the midst of a new stand-up tour, “Weapons of Self Destruction,” which many have heralded as a return to his early roots as a zany, R-rated stand-up performer. Williams had to cancel shows and checked himself into a local hospital, where he remains under observation in the Intensive Care Unit. Yikes!

Frantic funnyman Robin Williams was hospitalized with heart trouble Wednesday in South Florida.

He’s in the ICU.

According to the Miami Herald, the comedian, 57, complained of shortness of breath yesterday.

He canceled all four South Florida performances of his one-man show “Weapons of Self Destruction” after doctors evaluated him and recommended a week of rest.

Williams has been on an 80-city tour since September and has done shows in 11 cities over the past three weeks.

That’s a lot of traveling and a lot of shows.

He reportedly will be back on stage Monday in Jacksonville, Fla.

Slow down, Robin!

[From LA Times]

Robin is rather young to be having heart trouble – he’s not even 60 years old. But he has been very candid about drug and alcohol abuse earlier in his career. Seriously – watch those old reruns of “Mork and Mindy” and you will wonder how you didn’t know back then that the guy was a total coke-head! Anyway, those years of hard living seem to have caught up with him. If his past comedy routines are any indication, Robin needs to be healthy in order to do all those spazzy, physical bits. Hopefully he is on the mend and will take his doctor’s advice. A heart attack is no joke.

Just for the hell of it- one of my favorite Robin Williams’ stand-up routines: Robin Williams Enjoy!

Here’s Robin with his son Zachary in NYC. Photo credits: WENN.

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  1. Chiara says:

    Sorry to hear he is ill. Hope for rapid recovery.

  2. becca says:

    OHNOES!!! We need the Genie to get better, ASAP!!!

  3. Ophelia says:

    I got really sad reading this! I hope he’s ok, he is in almost all of my old favorites from childhood, let alone Mork and Mindy. His old stand-up is hilarious- even more so if you only saw him in Mrs Doubtfire and Hook and the like! I’ll be sending good thoughts his way.

  4. star woman says:

    Hoping and praying for Robin’s speedy recovery. He is one of my all time favorite entertainers. God bless him.

  5. GrnMtGirl says:

    I hope he gets better soon…

    And, your never too young to have heart problems. My Dad died at 52 from heart disease.

  6. danela says:

    too sad he is a brilliant actor though not my favorite.

  7. Kayleigh says:

    As a past user… >__> Cocaine (yuck) does huge stress on your heart. If you used it for prolonged times it makes pretty much scars on your heart and causes you to have tightness in your chest and you have breathing problems.
    Hopefully I’m wrong about the reason because it’s pretty much irreversible and will probably only get worse.
    Hope he gets better ><

  8. Hieronymous Grex says:

    Cocaine does a number on you, even after years of sobriety. His past is coming back to haunt him, hope he pulls through.

  9. Danielle says:

    He’s not too old. His brother died undergoing heart surgery at a very young age which caused him to drink very heavily. But if many people in your family have heart problems, chances are that you’re going to as well.

  10. nag says:

    He is having an aortic valve replaced I read. The valve could of been damaged from previous drug use as well.