While he was alive, Robin Williams made an impact on the world, as he had the ability to play a variety of roles that inevitably filled his viewers with a wide array of emotions. He was a well-known comedian, but he also excelled when he was cast as a more somber character, including his role as Sean, a dedicated and serious psychologist in the 1997 hit movie Good Will Hunting.
At only 63-years-old, Williams died far too young, but he will always be remembered for his magnificent acting as well as his philanthropic heart. While Williams’ sudden death was hard on his fans, it was exceptionally hard for his family, and for the first time since his death, they were ready to share a bit about the comedic legend who had the talent to get fans laughing and crying as a result of his epic acting skills.
His daughter, Zelda Williams, who is also an actor, made it clear that she had her own memories of her father and that it was important for everyone to remember him in their own way. “People should remember what they want to remember of him. Who am I to guide what their childhood memories are of watching his movies,” Zelda said. “I have my memories and they are mine and I love that. And they are private and lovely and perhaps very different, but who knows what the difference is. They have their memories. They should enjoy them. They’re not going anywhere. The world, as I said, keeps spinning, but that doesn’t mean that he was never in it.”
In a touching interview, Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, shared some things about her husband and cleared a few myths up. Schneider wants fans to know that he suffered from Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), which caused hallucinations and depression.
“It was not depression that killed Robin,” Susan insisted. “Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one.”
Susan shared a bit about the heartbreaking months before his death when Williams symptoms were taking over his life. At one point she walked into the bathroom and found him on the floor bleeding. When she asked him what happened, he didn’t know how to answer and simply responded with “I miscalculated.”
Much in the same way that his children have their own memories of their loving father, Susan remembers his last words.
“I was getting in bed and he came in the room a couple of times and he said, ‘Goodnight, my love,’” Susan recalled. “And then, he came back again. He came out with his iPad, and he looked like he had something to do. And that was like, ‘I think he’s getting better.’ And then he said ‘goodnight, goodnight.’ That was the last.”
Susan also shared that everyone did the best they could with his disease and it was like chemical warfare in his brain.
On a mission to spread the word about LBD, Susan serves on the Board of Directors for the American Brain Foundation. She even wrote a book titled, “The Terrorist Inside My Husband’s Brain,” where she chronicles how the disease took over Williams’ last few months.