Robin Williams' Widow Opens Up About Her Late Husband's Incurable Neurological Disease

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Two years after the death of Robin Williams, his widow, Susan Schneider Williams, has published an essay titled “The Terrorist Inside My Husband’s Brain” detailing the neurological disorder that led Robin to take his own life.

Williams explains that her husband’s relatively rare condition, Lewy Body Disease (LBD), progressed in a manner that was “intense, confusing, and relatively swift.” Williams did not learn of the incurable neurodegenerative disease that claimed her husband’s life until three months after his passing.

Williams writes of her late husband, who died in August of 2014 that, ”By wintertime, problems with paranoia, delusions and looping, insomnia, memory, and high cortisol levels—just to name a few—were settling in hard... Psychotherapy and other medical help was becoming a constant in trying to manage and solve these seemingly disparate conditions.”


According to the essay, the late actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease three months before his death (a common LBD misdiagnosis), spoke repeatedly about wanting to “reboot” his brain. LBD is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s.

“Not only did I lose my husband to LBD,” writes Williams, “I lost my best friend.”

[The Guardian]

The death drive is littered with “Stop” signs, and bombshell actress Margot Robbie is one of them. Last night, SNL cast members acted out the the cherished fantasy of bursting into flames immediately after having watched a sexy-librarian strip tease performed by Robbie. Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, and Mikey Day play the mortal nerds, the leering, C-student assholes who dare to hit on Robbie and are appropriately punished.


The whole thing is kind of juvenile, to be honest, and reeks at most points of Dude-Where’s-My-Car caliber sexism, even as Robbie gets her vengeance. But it’s worth a watch if only to glimpse Robbie’s “Haley Joel Osment Now” tattoo.

[The Cut]

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Gimme Some Sugar

DAMMIT. My dad was just diagnosed with “either Parkinsons’s with dementia or LBD, time will tell”, so I’ve been reading up on them all week. Had never heard of LBD previously. Hate hearing how fast it came on for Williams, while he was still so young. What a waste of a wonderful mind.

Fuck you dementia, in all your toxic forms...