Susan Schneider offers the most beautiful and emotional rendition, talks about Robin Williams’ death
Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ widowed wife spoke for the first time on ‘Good Morning America’ since his death on Aug. 11, 2014. Her interview moved millions of people as they were hooked onto the interview tear stricken.
She had made a statement after Williams’ demise, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.” But after that we heard nothing, and to hear her speak about Robin Williams’ death and the ‘sea monster’ of a disease, helped us find closure.
1 What was the real reason behind his death?
Schneider tearfully recalled the moment when she found out that Williams had died hanging from a belt and she remembers screaming, “I just screamed ‘Robin, what happened? What did you do?”. Their love story has inspired so many people and why not? In her words, ‘it was the most beautiful love ever’. She believes the real reason behind his death was Lewy Body Dementia and not depression. She said, “Lewy Body Dementia killed Robin, It’s what took his life.”
The Oscar-winning actor and comedian suffered from Depression, Parkinson’s disease, paranoia and Lewy Body Dementia (a form of dementia that can often lead to Parkinsonian motor symptoms, depression and hallucination).
Williams’ wife, who was married to him for three years, spoke about the complicated disease and opened up about how hard it was for them to cope. She called it a ‘sea monster’ with 50 tentacles and explained how difficult the disease was as it couldn’t easily be diagnosed. She said “It’s chemical warfare in the brain, and we can’t find it till someone dies, definitively,” and continued while crying. “There’s no cure.”
2 How powerful was the ‘sea monster’ Lewy Body dementia?
Susan elaborated on the months leading up to the sad demise; she said that he was hypochondriac at first and would have had 3 years if he was lucky. In the later months, Williams had started to disintegrate and had started to lose his mind and he knew it. She recounted one incident when she found Williams hurt and kneeling in the bathroom and asked how he had ‘miscalculated’, which is a classic symptom of Lewy body dementia as it affects visual and special perception.
She also continued saying that the suicide wasn’t his fault; the grief stricken Susan said “I got to tell him, ‘I forgive you 50 billion percent, with all my heart. You’re the bravest man I’ve ever known, you know, we were living a nightmare.”
3 How has she been coping for the last year?
The past year has been more than hard for Susan; she shared her experience of how she started to deal with Robert Williams’ death and has come to accept it. She said that she doesn’t blame him for the suicide and understands that it was his way of getting back control from the disease.
She also stated that she doesn’t blame herself or anyone else for the sad incident. She assured. “No one could have done anything more for Robin. I just want everyone to know that, everyone did the very best they could.”
After the interview, she spoke to People magazine and told them that she hopes Williams’ case helps in researching and finding solutions for others. “This was a very unique case and I pray to God that it will shed some light on Lewy body dementia for the millions of people and their loved ones who are suffering with it”. She further explained how unawareness worsened the situation, “Because we didn’t know. He didn’t know.”
Robin Williams’ death might have left us feeling awful and shocked, but his wife’s interview has provided us with some closure and a chance at accepting the gut wrenching death. Hopefully, more research is conducted on Lewy body dementia so that no one ever has to go through the over deal. RIP Robin Williams!