8 years after his death, the wife of Robin Williams revealed the ordeal that the actor experienced before committing suicide: “We tried everything”

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Exactly 8 years ago, news shocked the entire world: Robin Williams had taken his own life, at 63 years old. The actor, one of the most recognized comedians of his generation and more loved by the public, he felt plagued by an endless series of symptoms that made it impossible for him to continue working, but that had also begun to make his daily life difficult.

Although in 2020 in the documentary Robin’s Wish It was reported that the protagonist of The death poet Society had been dealing with a degenerative disease called Lewy Body Dementia, just this week the actor’s widow, susan schneider, provided for the first time details of how the actor’s last months were.

The woman revealed that until 2013, Williams’s state of health was optimal, but that in the middle of celebrating their second wedding anniversary, he started complaining of an “upset stomach” that was making him anxious. That symptom was followed a tremor in your left hand which at first was attributed to an old shoulder injury.

Over the weeks, he had experienced a series of seemingly unrelated ailments that would disappear and reappear. That first symptom also had derivations: the actor also began to feel stomach cramps, digestive problems and heartburn.

Then they added vision problems, combined with loss of smell. The sum of all his ailments and the inability of the doctors to reach an accurate diagnosis, made Williams also begin to develop sleep disorders.

It was like an endless parade of symptoms, and not all of them were present at once. ‘What symptom do you have this month?’ I even wondered if my husband was a hypochondriac. We went to all kinds of specialists, but there were no answers. We tried everything”Schneider recalled.

Robin Williams had Dementia with Lewy bodies, a neurodegenerative disease that is difficult to diagnose
Robin Williams had Dementia with Lewy bodies, a neurodegenerative disease that is difficult to diagnosebbc-world-14416

Lewy Body Dementia is a neurodegenerative disease that is identified as the third cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. However, despite its incidence, it was not taken into account by doctors: The only diagnosis that the actor received in life was wrong: they assured him that he had Parkinson’s disease.

In 2020, the widow had explained in an interview: “Robin and I knew there was something else going on, he was right when he told me, ‘I just want to reboot my brain.’ At that time, I promised him that we were going to get to the bottom of everything, what he didn’t know is that it would happen after his death”.

At that time he had revealed that in the last time, the doctors told them to sleep in separate beds, so that both could rest better, since he suffered from insomnia. “He told me, ‘does this mean we’re separated?’” he recalled. “That was a shocking moment, the moment when you realize that there is a kind of abyss between you and your best friend, your partner, your love. You actually see where it’s generated, but you realize it’s not based on reality. It was a very difficult moment.”

After Williams’ death, Schneider set out to shed light on the “phantom” disease that was not diagnosed in time. For this reason, after internalizing himself, he began to participate in conferences in which he emphasizes the importance of arriving at a prompt diagnosis.

Last year, Zak, son of the actor, also he remembered how his last months were. “What I was going through was completely different from the experience of other Parkinson’s patients. So I think that must have been difficult for him,” she said, referring to the first misdiagnosis Williams received.

He added: “There was a focus issue that frustrated him, there were issues associated with how he felt and also from a neurological perspective he didn’t feel well. He was very uncomfortable.” Furthermore, he claimed that the medicine did him more harm than good: “Those drugs [las que le daban para combatir el Parkinson] they are not a joke. They are also very hard on the mind and body.”

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