Robin Williams’ Widow Reveals Star Was Suffering From Devastating Health Issues Ahead Of Tragic Death
Susan Williams said her husband had been "disintegrating before my eyes"
In August last year the world was shocked and devastated by the suicide of Robin Williams at age 63. Today his widow has revealed a new, heartbreaking, development in the story saying that the much loved comedian and actor had been diagnosed with health problems that would have killed him within three years had he not taken his own life.
Speaking to ABC's Good Morning America in her first interview since his death Susan Williams said her husband had been “disintegrating before my eyes” and that “we were living in a nightmare” in the weeks leading up to his suicide.
Williams, who his widow revealed had been “completely clean and sober” when he died, had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease as well as suffering from an undiagnosed form of dementia known as DLB (Dementia with Lewy Bodies). DLB affects both the brain and the body, interfering with judgement, movement, concentration and visual perception.
"It's one minute, totally lucid… And then five minutes later, he would say something that wasn't... it didn't match." Susan said of his last weeks, going on to admit that Williams had been losing his mind and was aware of it. When asked if she thought his suicide was a way of taking back control Susan replied "In my opinion, oh, yeah” and that she didn’t blame him “one bit”.