When Robin Williams committed suicide in 2014, many scrambled to explain why. Now his widow is blaming a brain disease called Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia or Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).

Robin Williams. Photo via bbb.org
Robin Williams. Photo via bbb.org
Susan Schneider Williams, the comedian’s widow, told People magazine: “It was not depression that killed Robin. Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms, and it was a small one.”

She said she had spent this past year trying to find out what killed Robin.

“To understand what we were fighting, what we were in the trenches fighting. And one of the doctors said, ‘Robin was very aware that he was losing his mind and there was nothing he could do about it.’ “

Last year she said Robin had been suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

But Lewy body dementia was discovered in an autopsy.

“I know now the doctors, the whole team was doing exactly the right things,” she said. “It’s just that this disease was faster than us and bigger than us. We would have gotten there eventually.”

She called Robin’s case very unique case, “and I pray to God that it will shed some light on Lewy bodies for the millions of people and their loved ones who are suffering with it — because we didn’t know. He didn’t know.”

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