In her first interviews since her husband’s death, Robin Williams’ widow Susan has revealed that it wasn’t depression which caused the late actor to take his own life, but dementia.
Speaking on ABC’s Good Morning America and in People Magazine, Susan explained that Robin was suffering from a serious brain disease called Lewy Body Dementia (DLB), which led to his suicide in October 2014.
Seeking to set the record straight about why the actor hung himself last year, she said:
It was not depression that killed Robin. Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one. Lewy Body Dementia killed Robin. It’s what took his life.
People in passing would say to me, ‘God, I wish I had done something more for him. If only I had called him’. And I’m thinking, ‘No one could have done anything more for Robin.’ I just want everyone to know that. Everyone did the very best they could. This disease is like a sea monster with 50 tentacles of symptoms that show when they want. It’s chemical warfare in the brain. And we can’t find it until someone dies definitively. There is no cure.
In the television interview, Susan also revealed that the 63-year-old had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three months before he died, while the DLB meant the Academy Award winner was “disintegrating”, both physically and mentally.
And she believes Robin’s suicide last year was his way of taking back control of his body.
It was like the dam broke. If Robin was lucky, he would’ve had maybe three years left, and they would’ve been hard years.
I mean, there are many reasons. Believe me, I’ve thought about this. Of what was going on in his mind, what made him ultimately commit, you know, to do that act. And I think he was just saying no. And I don’t blame him one bit. I don’t blame him one bit.
Her incredible revelation completely changes the narrative around Robin Williams’ death, following the amount that was written about the actor and comedian’s long battle with depression, and Susan now plans to raise further awareness about Lewy Body Dementia.