Robin Williams’ widow Susan says doctors told them to sleep separately before she died


Robin Williams’ widow Susan Schneider opened up about her late husband’s struggles with Lewy body dementia before his death in the documentary “Robin’s Wish,” which premiered Tuesday on Netflix.Williams, she said, had an “invisible monster” chasing him for months before he died by suicide on August 11, 2014.

“Robin and I knew there was so much more going on. Robin was right when he told me, “I just want to restart my brain,” Schneider said Tuesday on the “Today” show.

She continued, “At that point, I promised her we were going to get to the bottom of it and I just didn’t know it would be after she passed away.

“I was called to sit down to review the coroner’s report. They made me sit down and told me he basically died of Lewy Body Dementia, ”Schneider said. “They started talking about neurodegeneration. He was not in her right mind.

Lewy body dementia can cause behavior changes, including “hallucinations, delusions, or mood changes,” according to the Lewy Body Association.

“I was relieved he had a name. Robin and I had lived this experience together, being really pursued by an invisible monster, ”said his widow.

She added, “And it was like a mole hit with the symptoms. I left with a disease name, the thing Robin and I were looking for.

Before they understood Williams’ deteriorating condition, doctors advised Schneider and Williams to sleep separately. This suggestion confused the “Hook” star.

“He said to me, ‘Does that mean that we are separated?’ And it was a really shocking moment, ”Schneider said on the daytime show. “When your best friend, your partner, your sweetheart, you realize there’s a giant sinkhole somewhere, and you can’t see where it is. But it’s just not based on reality. It was a difficult time.

“Robin’s Wish” aims to shed light on Williams’ disease at the end of his life. There are interviews of close friends and family members as well as vintage footage of the actor’s last days on the set of “Night at the Museum 3” in 2014.


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