Willams suffered from a number of symptoms such as anxiety and depression due to a condition that was later identified as Lewy Body Dementia.
It's been 5 years since Robin William left us but his memory still lingers on. The actor touched so many lives with his roles and he was an inspiration to many all over the world. On August 11, 2014, he took his own life, from a number of conditions such as depression and anxiety as a result of Lewy Body Dementia. A week before his death, Williams was upbeat and his wife, Susan Williams has revealed the last few moments she spent with him.
According to a report in People, Susan said, “I was getting in bed and he came in the room a couple of times …and he said, ‘Goodnight, my love.' And then he came back again. He came out with his iPad and he looked like he had something to do. And that was like, ‘I think he’s getting better.’ And then he said ‘goodnight, goodnight.’ That was the last.” Neither Williams nor his wife, Susan, know about the condition, until three months after his death when she got the crooner's report. For a while before his death, Williams was going through hell with a lot of symptoms of LBD that were bewildering.
Writing in the Neurology, Susan highlighted, "It was already late October of 2013 and our second wedding anniversary. Robin had been under his doctors' care. He had been struggling with symptoms that seemed unrelated: constipation, urinary difficulty, heartburn, sleeplessness and insomnia, and a poor sense of smell—and lots of stress. He also had a slight tremor in his left hand that would come and go. For the time being, that was attributed to a previous shoulder injury. By wintertime, problems with paranoia, delusions and looping, insomnia, memory, and high cortisol levels—just to name a few—were settling in hard."
The worst symptoms manifested when Williams was in the sets of A Night In The Museum 2 in Vancouver. "During the filming of the movie, Robin was having trouble remembering even one line for his scenes, while just 3 years prior he had played in a full 5-month season of the Broadway production Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, often doing two shows a day with hundreds of lines—and not one mistake. This loss of memory and inability to control his anxiety was devastating to him," she wrote. It was too much for him to handle. Susan added, "Robin was losing his mind and he was aware of it. Can you imagine the pain he felt as he experienced himself disintegrating?"
She added, "And not from something he would ever know the name of, or understand? Neither he, nor anyone could stop it—no amount of intelligence or love could hold it back." He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in May, 2014. Finally in the first week of August, it seemed like things were starting to look up. She wrote, "As the second weekend in August approached, it seemed his delusional looping was calming down. Maybe the switch in medications was working. We did all the things we love on Saturday day and into the evening, it was perfect—like one long date. By the end of Sunday, I was feeling that he was getting better." But it was never to be.