The day Robin Williams died, the world lost a soul with an infectious smile. Everything this actor touched was magic. He was the only man who could make us laugh and ugly cry at the same time. This is the guy who gave us Patch Adams. The guy who brought Peter Pan to life in Hook. Williams’ movies are classics, and we never get tired of watching them whenever we need to see something funny and heartwarming play right in front of our eyes.
In 2014, news hit that the actor had committed suicide. As sad as we all were, most of us assumed the actor’s suicide was the result of addiction. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone famous had committed suicide after a long battle with addiction.
But now, three years after his death, we are learning the real story behind the actor’s death. Although there have been several rumors as to the reason behind his suicide, we can surely believe this story. That’s because it comes straight from the actor’s wife.
Susan Schneider Williams recently sat down to finally talk about her husband’s passing. In the interview, Susan revealed the real reason for her husband’s suicide. She also revealed the last three words Williams told her.
In the interview, Susan made it clear that her husband was not struggling with addiction. Inner demons were not the reason why he committed suicide. It was his debilitating health that led him to make this difficult decision.
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Susan went into further detail about her late husband's disease. “Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one,” she said. The actor’s wife went on to explain how her husband was given three more years to live. And according to the doctors, those years “would have been a tough three years.”
“If Robin was lucky,” Susan said, “he would’ve had maybe three years left. And they would’ve been hard years. And it’s a good chance he would have been locked up.” Anyone who has ever watched a Robin Williams movie, TV show, or interview knows that this is definitely not how he would have wanted to go out.
Susan explained that the disease had made her husband paranoid and led him to suffer from anxiety. A week before his death, Williams was thinking of checking himself into a facility, one “which monitors one’s neurocognitive abilities.”
But that never happened. Williams decided to take his life instead. That night, Susan was in bed reading when Williams came in and asked her if she wanted a foot massage. It would be the last conversation the two would have.
“I said, ‘It’s OK, honey. Not…you know, it’s OK. You don’t have to tonight,’” she recalled. “And I’ll never forget the look in his eyes of just, sad because he wanted to. And I wished…you know?’” That’s when Williams told his wife the last three words he would ever say.
“Then he came back in the room a couple of times,” she said, with tears coming down her face. “Once to his closet. And he said…and then he laughed. And he said, ‘Goodnight, my love.’ And I said, ‘Goodnight, my love.’”
Williams and Susan had been married since 2011. The actor had been married twice before with Valerie Velardi and Marsha Garces. Williams also left behind three children, including Zelda Williams. He will always be missed.