Susan Williams, the widow of Robin Williams, has given her first interview since her husband died to Good Morning America. Her comments are heartbreaking. She said that she and Robin were “living a nightmare” in the weeks before Williams took his own life, as the beloved comedian battled anxiety, depression, and paranoia, adding in an interview with People that “it wasn’t depression” that killed Robin Williams. “Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one.”
On the week of his death, he had planned to check into a facility to undergo neurocognitive testing, which would have revealed early Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy body dementia.
“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’ve been locked up,” Susan Williams said.
I’d never heard of Lewy body dementia before, but it sounds brutal. From the Mayo Clinic:
Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, causes a progressive decline in mental abilities.
It may also cause visual hallucinations, which generally take the form of objects, people or animals that aren’t there. This can lead to unusual behavior such as having conversations with deceased loved ones.
According to Susan, Robin already seemed to be experiencing some of these symptoms. She also said that she has forgiven him “50 billion percent, with all my heart,” calling him “the bravest man I’ve ever known.”