While they may seem like an unlikely pair, Mike Tyson recently revealed he and the late Robin Williams were friends — and at one point in time, they allegedly shared a drug dealer.
The shocking revelation came during a SiriusXM interview, in which the legendary boxer opened up to Howard Stern about bonding with the 63-year-old over their battles with depression and addiction after they met at a meeting.
“People that deal with this situation, we know each other,” he told the shock jock. “When I met him, he said, ‘I was waiting for you.’
“He started telling me about somebody I was purchasing from. I said to myself, ‘How does he know this lowlife dealer I know? They shouldn’t even be in the same state as each other.’ You’ll go to any measure to get high or to use when you’re in that situation. So everybody knows everybody.”
When asked if he was “thrown” by Robin’s death in August, the 48-year-old said, “100-percent. It’s scary. If you have a mental illness, you’re going to think about suicide. Suicide is our comfort.”
He went on to say the disease is to blame for Robin’s tragic passing.
“The reason he did that? He really killed the wrong person,” he said. “It’s all about killing the disease he possessed. It’s not about killing yourself… Think about it like, you’re starving, you’re absolutely famished. And that drug — heroin, cocaine — that’s food.”
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Fortunately, these days, the father-of-eight is sober. “I’m clean now. But this is a constant fight. Eventually that dark entity’s going to knock on the door,” Mike said. “The fact is we’re all human and it doesn’t matter what race you are, how rich you are, it just wants you to be miserable.”
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)