New REELZ Robin Williams Documentary ‘When the Laughter Stops’ Looks Back on John Belushi’s Death in the ‘80s

The new REELZ documentary When the Laughter Stops takes a look back on the life and struggles of actor and comedian Robin Williams. Over the years and throughout his acting career, Williams dealt with numerous issues, including alcoholism and drug abuse. In the new documentary, it also explores Williams’ relationships with Christopher Reeve and comedian John Belushi.

Williams has a connection to Belushi and his tragic death, as the comedian was with Belushi the night he died before it happened at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. On March 5, 1982, Williams stopped by and visited with his friend and checked in on him, asking “if he was okay.” Belushi said that he was doing fine, and then Williams left, after which Belushi overdosed and died.

“It was probably a horrible burden. It would be very difficult, I think, to move on and also to be such close friends,” writer-comedian Heather McDonald said.

The REELZ documentary takes a deep look into how Belushi’s death affected the Academy Award winner, and the series of unfortunate events that came afterwards.

Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops will air on REELZ Sunday, August 11, at 9 p.m. E.T.

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