Robin Williams' widow reveals it was NOT depression that killed the actor
The widow of Robin Williams has broken her silence, saying “it was not depression that killed” the Hollywood star.
Susan Schneider said it was a debilitating brain disease that led the Hook actor, 63, to take his own life at their San Francisco home in August last year.
Speaking to People magazine his wife said it was Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia or Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) that ultimately led to his death.
"It was not depression that killed Robin,” she said.
“Depression was one of let's call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one."
Often misdiagnosed, DLB is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's causing hallucinations, impairment of motor functions and changes in mental state.
Graphic designer Susan explained the disease started taking its toll on Robin in the year before his death causing him to endure anxiety, delusions and impaired movement.
"They present themselves like a pinball machine,” she said of the symptoms
"You don't know exactly what you're looking at."