Robin Williams' Widow Opens Up About Late Comedian's Health Prior To Death

| by James Brannigan
Williams performing at the 2008 USO World Gala in Washington, D.C. Williams performing at the 2008 USO World Gala in Washington, D.C.

Susan Williams, the wife of late actor Robin Williams, has opened up about the comedian's health prior to his death in August 2014.

"It was not depression that killed Robin," Williams told People Magazine. "Depression was one of let's call it 50 symptoms, and it was a small one." 

Susan originally said her husband was struggling with depression and a recent Parkinson's diagnosis.

“I’ve spent this last year trying to find out what killed Robin, to understand what we were fighting, what we were in the trenches fighting,” Susan said. “And one of the doctors said, ‘Robin was very aware that he was losing his mind and there was nothing he could do about it."

It was determined that Robin had Dementia with Lewy bodies, according to People Magazine. DLB is the second-most common form of dementia behind Alzheimer's. It is frequently misdiagnosed, and its symptoms include hallucinations, fluctuations in mental status and impairment of motor function.

"I know now the doctors -- the whole team -- was doing exactly the right things," Susan said. "It's just that this disease was faster than us and bigger than us. We would have gotten there eventually."

"[Patients] present themselves like a pinball machine," she added. "You don't know exactly what you're looking at."

Susan talked about Robin's final days, saying, “It's one minute, totally lucid … And then five minutes later, he would say something that wasn't -- it didn't match." He was keeping it together as best he could, she added, "but the last month he could not. It was like the dam broke."

“If Robin was lucky, he would've had maybe three years left,” Susan said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "And they would've been hard years. And it's a good chance he would've been locked up."

During the "Good Morning America" interview, Susan was asked whether Robin's suicide was a way of taking back control.

“In my opinion, oh, yeah,” she said. “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.”

Source: ABC News Good Morning America, People Magazine / Photo Credit: Wikipedia