Robin Williams left a lot behind when he passed away on August 11, 2014. Not only did he have a family who cared deeply for him, but he had so many fans who were crushed after hearing the news that their favorite comedian had departed so tragically.
In 2011, Williams had married Susan Schneider, and she remained his wife until his passing. Since then, she’s decided to spread awareness of the disease that Williams suffered from, Lewy Body Disease, also known as LBD. Just recently, she released a heartbreaking essay about the illness that recently appeared in the medical journal Neurology. The essay pretty much details exactly what the entire family went through during Robin’s final months.
According to Schneider Williams, Robin wasn’t fully aware of the disease until it took over. He was, however, noticing that memorization was becoming much harder for him.
Along with the LBD, Robin was suffering from the beginning stages of Parkinson’s Disease. So, things truly came to a crashing halt for the comedian. One of the symptoms was depression, which Robin was already familiar with. However, his depression was mostly at bay for the last few years, so having it return was another unexpected obstacle. Schneider Williams believes the Parkinson’s was responsible for this change in her husband’s mental health.
But, as far as symptoms go, that wasn’t it.
Of course, the family tried everything they could to try and alleviate these symptoms.
Schneider Williams ends her essay, which is worth reading in full, by saying that Robin had “one of the worst LBD pathologies [medical professionals] had seen.” Sharing this story was both brave and informative, and can definitely help others who might be curious about the real symptoms of LBD. We wish the best for the Williams family — the loss of such an iconic person still hits us daily.