Robin Williams’ widow talks about actor’s final days

Susan Schneider, Robin Williams
FILE - In this April 28, 2012, file photo Robin Williams, right, and his wife, Susan Schneider arrive to the 2012 Comedy Awards in New York. Attorneys for Robin Williams' widow and his children have reached a settlement in their legal fight over his estate. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)


(KRON) — Robin Williams’ widow is speaking out about the actor’s final days in the grips of Lewy Body disease.

Susan Schneider wrote in the Neurology that LBD was like having a terrorist inside Williams’ brain.

Lewy Body disease is a progressive neurodegenerative dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Schneider writes that Williams’ decline was quite staggering. While filming Night at the Museum 3, he could barely remember one line, Schneider said. Several years earlier, he was on Broadway performing several shows a day for months on end.

Williams was very aware he was suffering severe health problems telling Schneider, “I just want to reboot my brain.”

In May of 2014, Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Schneider recounts how his left hand trembled continuously and walking slowed to a shuffle.

As the summer of 2014 wore on, Schneider writes in the article that, “It felt like he was drowning in his symptoms, and I was drowning along with him.”

Williams experienced 40-plus LBD symptoms over the course of the disease.

On the night before Williams committed suicide in 2014, the two exchanged a few last words of “Goodnight, my love.””

Williams committed suicide in his Tiburon home on August 11, 2014.

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