After Robin Williams took his own life last August, speculation was rife that his death was the tragic ending to his history of depression.
But now, his widow Susan Williams has revealed that this was not the full story. Speaking to ABC News, 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.”
She explained that Robin’s autopsy revealed that he was suffering from a brain disorder called Lewy body dementia – a debilitating condition that leads to a decline in both reasoning abilities and motor function, as well as crippling anxiety attacks.
This disorder probably caused the depression that Robin suffered with in the months before his death. When combined with the recent news that he had Parkinson’s Disease, this proved too much for the much-loved actor to cope with, and he took his own life.
Susan revealed that with his health problems, Robin may have only have had three years left anyway, and they would have been unimaginably difficult. She said she didn’t blame her husband for his suicide, calling him ‘the bravest man I’ve ever known’.
You can watch Susan’s moving interview here:
Our thoughts remain with Susan, and Robin’s, family.