Robin Williams's widow reveals all about actor's tragic final months
The actor passed away in 2014, leaving behind him a wonderful legacy and a grieving fanbase.
Robin Williams took his own life in August 2014, shocking the world. But while his fans grieved over the loss, his family were utterly devastated by his death.
As reported by American Web Media, it was assumed that Williams' depression was what had caused him to commit suicide, and his family have remained relatively mum on the subject.
Now, almost four years later, they have finally spoken out about Williams' terrible condition and what really ended his life.
In his life, he was a brilliant actor, capable of making an audience both laugh and cry with his performance. While many saw him mainly as a comedian, he also had the ability to perform excellently in more somber roles.
He was only 63 when he passed away, far too young to be gone so soon.
Williams' daughter, Zelda Williams, followed in her father's career footsteps, and has carved out her own acting career. For her, it is most important that people remember her father in their own personal way, as that is what she does.
"I have my memories and they are mine and I love that. And they are private and lovely and perhaps very different, but who knows what the difference is. They have their memories. They should enjoy them," she said.
Williams' widow, Susan Schneider has also spoken up about the devastating loss of her husband, and explained that there was so much more to his final days than just depression.
“It was not depression that killed Robin,” Schneider insisted. “Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one.”
In fact, Williams was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). In the months leading up to his death, he declined rapidly as the symptoms took over his life.
On one occasion, Schneider walked into the bathroom to find him bleeding. When she asked what had happened, he didn't know what to say to her, and just replied that he had "miscalculated."
Schneider will forever remember her husband's final words to her. The couple had been getting ready for bed for the night, and he kept walking into the room and saying "goodnight, my love."
He then left the room and returned with his iPad, and Schneider remembers thinking he was getting better as he looked like he had something to do. Then he just said "goodnight, goodnight," and those were his final words to her.
After his death, Schneider set out trying to do anything she could to raise awareness of LBD. She now serves on the Board of Directors for the American Brain Foundation, and wrote a book called The Terrorist Inside My Husband’s Brain.