Robin Williams' message of support to terminally ill New Zealand woman shortly before his death

A screenshot of the video that Hollywood actor Robin Williams sent to terminally ill fan Vivian Waller, 21, who is in an Auckland hospice suffering from lung, bowel and liver cancer. -- PHOTO: YOUTUBE 
A screenshot of the video that Hollywood actor Robin Williams sent to terminally ill fan Vivian Waller, 21, who is in an Auckland hospice suffering from lung, bowel and liver cancer. -- PHOTO: YOUTUBE 

A video has emerged that shows actor Robin Williams delivering a message of support to a terminally ill young woman in New Zealand shortly before he took his own life.

Williams, 63, was found dead last week after years of battling depression and anxiety. He had also been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

According to New Zealand's Sunday Star Times, Williams sent a video message to fan Vivian Waller, 21, who is in an Auckland hospice suffering from lung, bowel and liver cancer.

When Mrs Waller was diagnosed in January, she drew up a bucket list that had five wishes on it: to get married, celebrate her 21st birthday, see her daughter Sophie celebrate her first birthday, travel to Rarotonga, and meet Williams.

She was too ill to travel to the United States to try to meet Williams, so one of her friends reached out to the comedian and he recorded a short video clip which he emailed to the family a few months ago, according to the Star Times.

Her husband Jack said his wife was thrilled beyond belief with Williams' heartfelt and personal video message.

In the video, Williams says: "Hi Vivian... it's Robin Williams here saying 'hey girl what's going on down there in New Zealand'.

"I'm sending all my love to you, Jack and Sophie... knock this off your bucket list."

Williams then breaks into brief song and explains that he's "channelling Matthew McConaughey" before signing off with - "much love to you baby".

Mr Waller has yet to discuss Williams' suicide with his wife, as it's a topic he finds too difficult to broach, said the Star Times.

The couple were married in February, a month after finding out that Mrs Waller was terminally ill, it said.

They are taking things "a day at a time" Mr Waller was quoted as saying.

He said he had decided to open up about the very personal message from Williams because "we love him, we want to show people how awesome a person he was".

The only thing Mrs Waller has not managed to cross off her bucket list is the trip to Rarotonga, one of the Cook Islands.

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