Robin Williams’ Widow Recalls His Final Days – He Had An ‘Invisible Monster’ Chasing Him
The widow of Robin Williams just opened up about his final days, saying that he had an "invisible monster" chasing him.
It’s been six years since the comedic acting legend Robin Williams tragically committed suicide. He’s still missed by millions of fans around the globe. In the new documentary Robin’s Wish, which premiered on Netflix on Tuesday, Williams’ widow Susan Schneider opened up about his final months to talk about the “invisible monster” that was chasing him.
Williams’ Widow Opens Up About His Final Months
“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,’” Schneider said while appearing on the “Today” show on Tuesday morning.
“In that moment I promised him that we would get to the bottom of this and I just didn’t know that would be after he passed,” she added. “I was called in to sit down to go over the coroner’s report. They sat me down and said he, essentially, Robin died of diffused Lewy body dementia. They started to talk about the neurodegeneration. He wasn’t in his right mind.”
For Schneider, it was a relief to finally put a name to the disease that had plagued Williams. This disease can lead to many serious behavioral changes, including “hallucinations, delusions or changes in mood,” according to the Lewy Body Association.
“I was relieved it had a name. Robin and I had gone through this experience together, really being chased by an invisible monster,” she said. “And it was like whack-a-mole with the symptoms. I left there with a name of the disease, the thing that Robin and I had been searching for.”
Before they knew that Williams had Lewy body dementia, doctors told him and Schneider that they should stop sleeping in the same room together. For Williams especially, this was a hard pill to swallow.
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“He said to me, ‘Does this mean we’re separated?’ And that was a really shocking moment,” Schneider said today. “When your best friend, your partner, your love, you realize 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.”
Robin’s Wish Looks At Williams’ Final Months
Robin’s Wish aims to shed light on Williams’ battle with this disease while also looking at his final months.
It includes interviews with his family and friends, as well as footage of his final days filming Night At The Museum 3, which turned out to be his last movie.