Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of Robin Williams, once candidly opened up about the unsettling day her husband died of suicide.
Robin passed away on August 11, 2014, at his home in Tiburon, California. Initially, people believed that the actor took his own life because he was depressed.
Robin had a "chemical warfare" going on inside of his brain.
Robin Williams and Susan Schneider on August 13, 2009 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
However, about a year after his death, Susan shared some details on Robin's final days during an interview with "Good Morning America." One of the things she remarked was that he died as a result of his medical condition: Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).
As the MayoClinic reported, LBD is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease.
It happens when protein deposits (Lewy bodies) develop in nerve cells in the brain. Most specifically, those bodies affect the regions involved in thinking, memory, and movement.
Susan Schneider and Robin Williams on June 15, 2011 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
In the interview, Susan recalled how she learned about his passing. She said that she left for work in the morning, thinking that her husband was still asleep. His former assistant was there, so Susan asked her to text her as soon as he woke up.
A while later, the assistant texted her asking for instructions as Robin had not woken up yet. Susan told her to wake him up, and that's when she learned that he was dead.
Robin's widow admitted that she started noticing that something was not okay with her husband's health and behavior in November 2013 as he began to experience different symptoms that couldn't be explained.
Robin Williams and Susan Schneider in March 2011 in in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
Susan even confessed to wondering if Robin was a hypochondriac because, after trying "everything," there were no answers. In May 2014, the late actor was misdiagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
In the weeks following his diagnosis, his condition kept getting worse. However, Susan never believed that her former husband had suicidal thoughts.
She pointed out that Robin had a "chemical warfare" going on inside of his brain due to LBD. Unfortunately, no one knew about it because it was only discovered through his autopsy.
Robin Williams' spouse made sure to say that his condition was causing him to lose his mind and that he was aware of it. The actor was, according to Susan, trying to keep it together as best as he could until he couldn't anymore.
Robin Williams on November 14, 2006 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
In the same week of his passing, doctors tried to put him into a facility for neurocognitive testing. He refused, though, which was his attempt to take back the control of his life, said Susan. About her last conversation with Robin, she revealed:
"I was getting in bed, and he came in the room a couple of times – once to his closet – and he said, 'good night, my love.' And I said, 'good night my love.'"
Robin Williams on July 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
After that, the late actor came back to the bedroom with his iPad, which made Susan believe that he had something to do and that, consequently, was getting better. Finally, Susan said that the very last words they said to each other were "good night."
Dealing with such a tragic death was definitely challenging, but she was then "forced" into an estate battle with Robin Williams' kids.
As the Los Angeles Times reported, the actor left the bulk of his estate to his children Zelda, Zachary, and Cody, whom he had with his two previous wives Valerie Velardi and Marsha Garces.
Robin Williams kept himself busy in the entertainment industry until his passing. In fact, three of his projects were released following his death: "A Marry Frigging Christmas," "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," and "Absolutely Anything."
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