Robin Williams could have also died three years later if he did not die last year.
This was according to Susan Schneider, the actor’s widow, when she was interviewed by Kara Warner of People Magazine.
“It was not depression that killed Robin. Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms, and it was a small one,” she said; adding that Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease three months before he died.
On August 11, 2014, Williams was found lifeless after he hung himself on a belt inside the bedroom of their home in California. He was 63 years old at that time.
According to autopsy reports, the actor had actually suffered from Lewy Body Dementia, which is a Parkinson-like disease that causes a decline in one’s mental abilities.
Schneider disclosed that symptoms of Williams’ sickness have already manifested as early as November 2013, when the the latter had experienced vision problems, mood swings and hallucinations.
“If Robin was lucky, he would’ve had maybe three years left. And they would’ve been hard years. And it’s a good chance he would’ve been locked up,” Schneider added.
As months went by, the Oscar awardee had several anxiety attacks; causing him to become rigid in his personality and also misjudge the distances of objects.
A month before Williams’ death, Schneider found her husband with a bloody wound on his head after miscalculating the distance of their bathroom’s door.
“He was losing his mind and he was aware of it,” she said; adding that it is not a simple depression that led to her husband’s death.
Schneider also said that Williams had tried to cope up with his sickness as best as he can, but everything had been done to no avail. The actor had still decided to end his life to stop the hardships he had been feeling for nine months already.