When Robin Williams committed suicide in 2014, fans everywhere mourned his death. As hard as his death was for his fans to accept, I can’t begin to imagine what his wife was going through.
In her first interview since her husband’s death, Susan Schneider Williams revealed that Robin Williams had been struggling with a debilitating brain disease for years before his death in August of 2014.
She shocked all with her admission that doctors had previously given Robin a maximum of three years left to live, but with no promise they would be good years. According to Susan,
“If Robin was lucky, he would’ve had maybe three years left. And they would’ve been hard years. And it’s a good chance he would have been locked up.”
Robin had been paranoid and anxious before his suicide, and had been formulating a plan with his doctors to check himself into a facility to undergo neurocognitive testing less than one week before his death. “It was not depression that killed Robin,” Mrs. Williams said. It was actually Lewy Body Dementia. “Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one.”
Susan had nothing but praise for her late husband, describing their marriage as “Just a dream.” She claimed it was, “It’s the best love I ever dreamed of. You know, it’s what I always dreamed of a love would be, as just really based on, just honor, love, respect.”
She talked through tears while describing the state of her husband in the time leading up to his death. How tough it must have been to watch her husband’s health deteriorate before her eyes.
She could barely keep it together as she went over the final conversation she ever held with her husband before he passed away. Susan was in bed, reading, she saw Robin also preparing to sleep out of the corner of her eye. She said that Robin asked her if she wanted a foot massage.
“Goodnight, My Love”
“And I said, ‘It’s OK, honey. Not…you know, it’s OK. You don’t have to tonight.’ And I’ll never forget the look in his eyes of just, sad because he wanted to. And I wished…you know?” Susan struggled to explain. “Then he came back in the room a couple of times. Once to his closet. And he said…and then he laughed. And he said, ‘Goodnight, my love.’ And I said, ‘Goodnight, my love.’”
With so many celebrity relationships meaning nothing beneath the surface, it’s truly a shame that this genuine example of love was cut so short.