Robin Williams’ widow, Susan, opened up for the first time since the passing of her husband and America’s beloved comedian. Robin and Susan had been married for 3 years and had been in a relationship for 7, during which Susan said it was:
“The best love I ever dreamed of. You know, it’s what I always dreamed of love would be…really based on just honor, love, respect.”
Susan shared that her husband had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease as well as Lewy body dementia which causes a progressive decline in mental abilities, bodily functions, and can lead to depression:
“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.”
The last night before Robin passed away the couple had this beautiful interaction:
“Then he came back in the room a couple of times. Once to his closet. And he said — and then he laughed. And he said, ‘Goodnight, my love.’ And I said, ‘Goodnight, my love.’”
The next morning she received the tragic phone call from Robin’s assistant informing her that her husband had passed away.
“That 20-minute car ride, I just screamed the whole way, ‘Robin!’”
“And I just wanted to see my husband. And I got to see him … and I got to pray with him. And I got to tell him, ‘I forgive you 50 billion percent, with all my heart. You’re the bravest man I’ve ever known.’ You know, we were living a nightmare.”
Susan shared that even though they had been battling multiple issues with Robin’s health, suicide was never on her radar:
“No. Not even — no. No…I mean, he was sick and tired of what was going on, absolutely…and when he got the Parkinson’s diagnosis…in one sense, it was like this is it. This is what we’ve been — we’ve been chasing something, now we found it. And we felt the sense of release and relief. But also, like, ‘Oh, my god, what does this mean?’”
The rest of the interview is set to air on November 3rd, 2015.
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