Robin Williams ‘ widow Susan Schneider Williams has opened up about the final months of the comedian’s life and how he was forced to sleep separately from her prior to his death.
Susan spoke to Hoda Kotb on Today in the United States about a new documentary called Robin’s Wish, which details the Hollywood star’s battle with Lewy body dementia,
This is a type of brain disease which affected the Oscar-winning actor’s thinking, memory and movement control.
He would eventually take his own life in August 2014, aged 63.
Susan said that when Robin died, she lost “the greatest love I’ve ever known.”
Speaking about her husband, she said: “This was a man who was incredibly rich and deep and versed in so much about humanity and culture, and his humor was like this secret weapon.
“There were so many times when he would see someone needed a lift, and then he would just inject a little bit of humor in just the right way to make a difference.”
After Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia is the second-most common type of progressive dementia but the actor had been misdiagnosed bu doctors and it was years after his death before those close to Robin found out what he had actually been through.
Susan continued: “Robin and I knew there was so much more going on. Robin was right when he said to me, ‘I just want to reboot my brain.’
“In that moment, I promised him that we would get to the bottom of this. I just didn’t know that would be after he passed.”
Susan said that before his death, the couple had been told by doctors to sleep separately as Robin struggled with insomnia.
She continued: “He said to me, ‘Does this mean we’re separated?’
“That was a really shocking moment. When your best friend, your partner, your love – you realise that there’s a giant chasm somewhere, and you can’t see where it is but that’s just not based in reality.
“That was a hard moment.”
Speaking about the title of the documentary, Susan said that it was Robin’s “wish” to “help all of us be less afraid.”
She told Entertainment Weekly in statement earlier in the month: “We had been discussing what we wanted our legacies to be in life; when it was our time to go, how we wanted to have made people feel.
“Without missing a beat, Robin said, ‘I want to help people be less afraid.'”
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