The Real Reason For Robin Williams' Suicide (It Wasn’t Depression)

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His widowed wife reveals the harrowing truth.

When Robin Williams committed suicide on August 11, 2014, it sparked a national discussion on the horrors of depression and addiction.

If these demons could take one of history’s greatest sources of pure, distilled happiness, who could possibly overcome it?

It was an eye-opening experience for many, and it prompted us to really think about the toll that depression takes on the lives it affects … even if we don’t see it.

But Williams’ wife Susan Schneider recently revealed in interviews with People and ABC News that she believes depression wasn’t really the culprit.

Schneider claimed that the onset and progression of mental illness was the driving force behind Williams taking his own life.

She told People, “It was not depression that killed Robin. Depression was one of let's call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one.”

Specifically, Williams was suffering from Lewy body dementia. This disease is associated with Parkinson’s and can cause hallucinations, difficulty focusing, depression and a host of other serious problems.

It’s the second-most common “progressive dementia” behind Alzheimer’s disease and its host of symptoms can make it difficult to diagnose.

The cause wasn’t revealed until Williams’ autopsy.

Schneider said, “I've spent this last year trying to find out what killed Robin … One of the doctors said, ‘Robin was very aware that he was losing his mind and there was nothing he could do about it.’” 

The thought of being self-aware of losing your own mind must be terrifying. It's heartbreaking that anyone would have to go through an ordeal like that, let alone someone who brought the world so much joy.