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Robin Williams’ widow said the actor had health problems that would have killed him within three years if he had not ended his own life.

In her first interview since the comedian died in August 2014, Susan Williams said her husband was “disintegrating before my eyes” in the weeks before his death.

“We were living a nightmare,” Susan Williams told ABC’s Good Morning America.

Robin Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and had signs of a condition known as dementia with Lewy bodies.

The condition is caused by deposits of an abnormal protein called Lewy bodies inside brain cells, which disrupt the brain’s normal functions.

According to experts, the condition can interfere with memory, judgement, movement, concentration and visual perception.

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“If Robin was lucky, he would’ve had maybe three years left,” she said.

“And they would’ve been hard years. And it’s a good chance he would’ve been locked up.”

Robin Williams was “completely clean and sober” when he died, Susan Williams said, but was struggling with depression and anxiety.

His physical symptoms included stiffness, slumping, a shuffling gait and “losing his ability in his voice”, his widow said.

“It’s one minute, totally lucid… And then five minutes later, he would say something that wasn’t… it didn’t match.”

Robin Williams was dealing with his problems as well as he could, she said, describing him as “the bravest man I’ve ever known”.

“But the last month he could not. It was like the dam broke.”

Asked whether her husband’s suicide was his way of taking back control, Susan Williams replied: “In my opinion, oh, yeah.

“I mean, there are many reasons. Believe me. I’ve thought about this. Of what was going on in his mind, what made him ultimately commit… you know, to do that act.

“And I think he was just saying, <<No>>. And I don’t blame him one bit. I don’t blame him one bit.”

Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014 at the age of 63.


Susan Williams and Robin Williams’ three children from previous marriages reached a settlement in their legal fight over the late actor’s estate, attorneys for the two sides said on October 2.

Jim Wagstaffe, who is representing Robin Williams’ widow, said his client will remain in the San Francisco Bay Area home she shared with the actor and receive living expenses for the rest of her life.

The lawyer said Susan Williams also will receive a watch the actor often wore, a bike they bought on their honeymoon, and the gifts received for their wedding.

Meredith Bushnell, who is representing the three children from previous marriage – Zachary, Zelda and Cody, said: “I think they’re just very happy to have this behind them.”

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The settlement, which is subject to a judge’s approval, ends a bitter and public dispute following Robin Williams’ suicide in 2014.

Among the items in dispute were watches, memorabilia, the tuxedo he was married in and photographs taken on his 60th birthday, according to court documents and previous statements by attorney Jim Wagstaffe.

Susan Williams said in papers filed in December that the contents of the San Francisco Bay Area home she shared with Robin Williams should be excluded from the items the actor left to his children.

She also claimed some of Robin Williams’ personal items were taken without her permission.

Robin Williams’ three children countered that the widow was “adding insult to a terrible injury” by trying to change the trust agreement and deprive them of items that their father clearly intended to leave to them.