Robin Williams’ Wife Shares Reason For Actor’s Tragic Death 8 Years On

Robin Williams’ wife has shared the reason behind the actor’s tragic death.
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Robin Williams’ wife has shared the reason behind the actor’s tragic death.

August 11 marks eight years since the Oscar winner sadly took his own life at the of age 63.

Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, told The Guardian last year that she believes that Williams was scared of how his life would change after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014.

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Schneider said: “I think he didn’t want to go. I think he thought, ‘I’m going to get locked up and never come out’.”

Despite his diagnosis, an autopsy revealed that he had been suffering from Lewy Body dementia. This incurable disease has a number of symptoms such as confusion, fatigue, and difficulty understanding.

Schnider further spoke about how up until 2013, everything was fine with the actor until they celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary, where Williams mentioned he was having ‘gut discomfort’. 

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Speaking to The New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, via the Daily Express, she said: “It was like this endless parade of symptoms, and not all of them would raise their head at once.

“It was like playing whack-a-mole. Which symptom is it this month? I thought, is my husband a hypochondriac? We’re chasing it and there’s no answers, and by now we’d tried everything.”

Schneider then revealed that the actor had a break down on the set of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb after suffering from a panic attack.

He reportedly told his makeup artist that he ‘didn’t know how to be funny anymore’. 

Billy Crystal, who was one of Williams’ closest friends, has previously spoken about how the pair went to see a play together and he noticed how frail the Mrs Doubtfire star looked during this time.

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