Robin Williams & His Wife Were Ordered to Sleep Separately Prior to His Death

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Robin Williams’s widow Susan Schneider Williams is revealing a bit more about the life of her late husband.

While speaking with Today‘s Hoda Kotb about the new documentary Robin’s Wish, which highlights the actor’s battle with Lewy body dementia, Susan gave intimate details about their relationship.

“This was a man who was incredibly rich and deep and versed in so much about humanity and culture, and his humor was like this secret weapon,” she said of Robin. “There were so many times when he would see someone needed a lift, and then he would just inject a little bit of humor in just the right way to make a difference.”

Doctors misdiagnosed Robin at first, and it wasn’t until years after his death that his loved ones found out the truth of his battle with Lewy body dementia.

“Robin and I knew there was so much more going on,” she said. “Robin was right when he said to me, ‘I just want to reboot my brain.’ In that moment, I promised him that we would get to the bottom of this. I just didn’t know that would be after he passed.”

Susan added that she and Robin were told to sleep in separate beds for medical reasons, so that he could get more sleep as he struggled with insomnia.

“He said to me, ‘Does this mean we’re separated?'” she recalled. “That was a really shocking moment. When your best friend, your partner, your love — you realize that there’s a giant chasm somewhere, and you can’t see where it is but that’s just not based in reality. That was a hard moment.”

Robin’s Wish is now available to rent and own on demand. We’re definitely checking this out.