Susan Schneider Williams, the widow of the late Robin Williams, is speaking out about her late husband and the struggles he faced in the days leading up to his death..
In a new interview with the Guardian, Williams said there are many “misunderstandings” around her husband’s death.
The famous comedian and actor died by suicide in 2014 at the age of 63. Later after his death, it was revealed that the actor had been battling a degenerative condition, Lewy body dementia (LBD).
Williams revealed details on how she learned of her husband’s diagnosis following his tragic death.
“The doctors said to me after the autopsy: ‘Are you surprised that your husband had Lewy bodies throughout his entire brain and brain stem?,” Williams shared.
The late actor’s wife said that she didn’t even know what Lewy bodies were, but everything that had happened made perfect sense. "The fact that something had infiltrated every part of my husband's brain? That made perfect sense," she said.
According to the Guardian, Lewy bodies are clumps of protein that live in brain cells. They are thought to be responsible for 10-15% of dementia cases. Side effects of LBD include anxiety, memory loss, hallucinations, and insomnia.
Williams also discussed the new documentary, “Robin’s Wish,” which will recount his life’s final days and discuss the disease Robin was struggling with before he died.
“If my husband weren’t famous I would not have put myself through this,” she said. “But there were so many misunderstandings out there about what had happened to him, and about Lewy bodies. So this felt like the right thing to do.”
The widow shared that it angered her when the media said her husband had been drinking before his death. She explained how she knows that recovering addicts out there looked up to him, and they deserved to know the truth.
She shared that "we as a culture don't have the vocabulary to discuss brain disease in the way we do about depression. Depression is a symptom of LBD and it's not about psychology - it's rooted in neurology. His brain was falling apart."
She continued, setting the record straight, "Robin had been clean and sober for eight years when he passed."
“Robin’s Wish” is available to buy or rent on demand and digital, including iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Vudu.