It’s been more than a year since Robin Williams passed away, yet the heartbreaking news is still fresh in our minds. Since his death countless tributes have honored the man Robin Williams was, both on-screen and off. He was a master of both comedy and drama, as well as just a notoriously generous human being. There has never been another like him, and there never will be. We still miss him dearly.
Among the most notable homages to the late beloved actor are those given by his family members. In a segment that aired earlier today on Good Morning America, Williams’ wife Susan shares some of her memories of their seven-year relationship, highlighting how their love was everything she ever wanted.
“It’s the best love I ever dreamed of,” she states. “Just really based on honor, love, respect.”
Susan, who had been married to Williams since 2011, also tearfully reveals how she has been dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s suicide, as well as the time leading up to it.
“We were living a nightmare,” she adds, detailing how Williams showcased symptom after symptom before being diagnosed as having early signs of Parkinson’s disease in May 2014. She notes that he wasn’t ready to share his diagnosis with the world at the time of his passing, and that while he was suffering from anxiety, depression, and paranoia, she knows the specific form of Parkinson’s disease found in Williams’ system during his autopsy is what ultimately caused the passing of her husband.
“Lewy body dementia killed Robin,” she says. “And that’s what I’ve spent the last year trying to get to the bottom of: what took my husband’s life.”
She also says that although Williams was aware of everything that was happening, “It was like the dam broke” in the last month. She bravely mentions how she was able to see Williams after he passed, telling Good Morning America that she said to him, “I forgive you with all my heart. You’re the bravest man I’ve ever known.”
Since Williams’ passing, we’ve also had the privilege of hearing from his amazing, eloquent daughter Zelda. About her father, she told the Today show, “He’s done charity as long as he had the wherewithal and the ability to do it. That was what his favorite thing other than comedy really was.” Zelda has also notably spoken out about the importance of suicide prevention.
Robin Williams had some truly amazing women in his life. As sad as we are that he’s no longer with us, we’re glad his legacy lives on not only through his work, but his beautiful family. Their brave words are a testament to the person he was, and will live on forever with our memories of him.
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