In a recent interview with Howard Stern, Mike Tyson shared a connection to late comedian/actor, Robin Williams. We all know Tyson’s struggle with addiction and mental illness. Tyson revealed that he and Williams not only went through rehab together, they also had the same dealer at one point.
“This is very interesting,” said Tyson, adding, “When I met him and 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 be in the same state. You go to every measure to get high. Everybody knows everybody.”
When he heard of Williams’ death, did it throw him?
“One hundred percent,” said Tyson. “It’s scary. … If you have a mental illness, you’re going to think about suicide. Suicide is our comfort.”
Tyson said that the disease is to blame. “The reason he did that? He really killed the wrong person. It’s all about killing the disease he possessed. It’s not about killing yourself.”
When Stern asked if it’s like hearing a voice in your head, Tyson responded, “Think of it like this. Think about you’re starving, you’re absolutely famished. And that drug — heroin, cocaine — that’s food.”
Tyson also said it’s a daily battle. “I’m clean now. But this is a constant fight. Eventually that dark entity’s going to knock on the door.”
And he said, “The fact is we’re all human and it doesn’t care what race you are, how rich you are, it just wants you to be miserable.”
photo and audio via Howard Stern