Susan Williams knew something was wrong when she called home after leaving for work on Aug. 11, 2014, and her husband, Robin Williams, hadn’t woken up yet.
His assistant checked on him and confirmed Susan’s worst nightmare: Robin had killed himself.
Robin and Susan at the 2012 Comedy Awards in NYC. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“That 20-minute car ride, I just screamed the whole way, ‘Robin!’” Susan recalled in her first interview since the actor’s death. When she arrived home, “I got to tell him, ‘I forgive you with all my heart. You’re the bravest man I’ve ever known.’”
RELATED: Robin Williams' Will Prevents Disney from Using His Genie Voiceovers in New 'Aladdin' Movies
More than a year later, Susan — a graphic designer who became Robin’s third wife in 2011 — has opened up in a series of ABC interviews about the days leading up to his suicide at the age of 63.
Robin posing for The Crazy Ones in 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Robin did not die from depression,” she said. “He had a deadly disease called Lewy body dementia. He had one of the worst cases they’d ever seen.” The brain disorder causes severe changes in thoughts, emotions and actions.
RELATED: Remembering Robin Williams: See the Kids From His Most Beloved Movies Then and Now
Starting in November 2013 with stomach pain, “It was like this endless parade of symptoms, and not all of
them would raise their head at once,”
Susan, 51, said. “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.”
To read the full story on Robin, pick up the new issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!
Your life just got exponentially better and more stylish now you've signed up for our newsletter. Fabulousness awaits!