Last year the world lost Robin Williams, a cultural icon who touched the lives of millions of fans globally. The actor's death came as a shock, and reports that he had suffered from depression quickly began to circulate, as did images of his smiling face which afflicted us all with a sense of loss.
Robin Williams was unique: An iconic actor and comedian, a cultural asset who will never be replaced, a loving father and husband, an avid charity donor who offered his name to over fifty charities and causes, without ever asking for a fee.
After his untimely death it was revealed that Robin suffered from Lewy Body Dementia, the second most common form of dementia which causes a steady decline in mental faculties. The illness, which has no cure, can also cause hallucinations and other side-effects, which must have been devastating for the intelligent, quick-witted and kind-hearted comedian.
Robin Williams's Widow, Susan Schneider
Robin Williams's widow Susan Schneider has now spoken publicly for the first time regarding her late husband, Robin, in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America, set to air on November 3rd.
In preparation for the release of the interview, a trailer has been released, which you will find at the end of the article. We can glean a lot from this trailer, and it's truly heartbreaking, yet touching to see Susan discussing her late husband.
In the interview a teary-eyed Susan delivers a powerful message about her experience of losing Robin.
The heartbroken widow describes her late husband's condition matter-of-factly and with a clear sense of finality.
"It's chemical warfare in the brain. And we can't find it until someone dies definitively. There is no cure."
She also revealed the views shared by her and her husband that the discovery of his condition was in fact a good thing, as it meant they could finally label what he was struggling with.
"In one sense it was, this is it... we've been chasing something now we've found it. We felt the sense of release and relief, but also like, oh my God, what does this mean?"
Despite her obvious pain, Susan seems to have remained strong throughout the interview, and proves herself to be a credit to the memory of her late husband. When asked if Robin ever mentioned suicide, Susan responds immediately and determinedly:
"No, not even... no, no. He was sick and tired of what was going on, absolutely."
Susan is to be commended for her strength and for the way in which she handled Robin's passing. The painter and graphic designer also stated that she has no regrets and that nothing could have been done to help her husband.
"Everyone did everything they could."
"No one could have done anything more for Robin. I just want everyone to know that. Nobody— no one—everyone did the very best they could. This disease is like a sea monster with 50 tentacles of symptoms that show when they want."
What can you say about an individual who touched the lives of everyone he met, striving to make the world a better place through entertainment and charity?
No tribute can truly reflect the positive influence which Robin Williams had on his family, friends, fans and colleagues. But the power behind his wife's kind words says all that needs to be said.
After Robin Williams's death, fans, colleagues, and friends flocked to Twitter to pay their respects
The following Twitter posts are just a fraction of those which were posted in the memory of Robin Williams.
Have a look at the promotional video for Susan Schneider's interview about Robin Williams, which is due to air on November 3rd alongside never before seen home footage.
R.I.P. Robin Williams, gone, but absolutely never forgotten.