Robin Williams has been on the globe for almost seven years, with his infectious smile and infinite on-screen identities. He was undeniably one of the greatest performers, comedians, and household names of all time, yet few people are aware of the more personal aspects of his life.
For years, he suffered in silence from a slew of mental health difficulties, including severe depression. An autopsy report revealed he had Lewy Body dementia as well as Parkinson’s disease after he died.
When he wasn’t making the world laugh from their bellies, Robin Williams was a family man—a devoted husband and father. His wife, Susan, said that the love they shared was more than she could have ever imagined.
“It’s the best love I ever dreamed of,” she said in an interview with ABC. “You know, it’s what I always dreamed of a love would be, as just really based on, just honor, love, respect.”The two spent three years doing life together—for better or for worse. When Robin’s depression led to bad days, Susan was there for the “worse”.
Of course, there were great days too, and it just happens that the actor’s final words to his wife were a reflection of the “better” times that they shared.Susan remembers lying in bed next to her husband just before they were about to fall asleep. He quickly sat up and asked her sweetly if she wanted a foot rub. Susan politely turned down the offer, and closed her eyes to go to sleep.
Just before doing the same, Robin leaned over to his wife and whispered three words in her ear:“Goodnight, my love.”The events of the next 12 hours were of course what ultimately resulted in Robin Williams taking his own life. But there’s no doubt that in her time of grief, confusion and pain, Susan has those three final words from her husband etched into her mind and heart.
The world lost an incredible human the day that Robin died. He is missed by many, and his acting is a nostalgic presence that will forever be welcome on our television screens.