Robin Williams' widow, Susan, said in her first interview since the actor's suicide last year that she doesn't blame her husband for taking his own life.
"If Robin was lucky, he would've had maybe three years left. And they would've been hard years," Susan Williams said on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday.
Susan revealed that Robin was fighting depression and anxiety after having been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
"That was a small piece of the pie of what was going on . . . really, what was overriding that more than depression was anxiety. And the anxiety was huge," she said.
She also reported that Williams, who had done stints in rehab for his addiction in the past, "was completely clean and sober when he died. And he had eight years of sobriety."
Susan said that Williams began to sense his health was faltering in late 2013, and that he experienced months of stomach pain, constipation, urinary trouble, and sleeplessness. In May of 2014, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which attacks the nerve cells in the brain, and can lead to trembling limbs and loss of motor skills.
"When he got the Parkinson's diagnosis, you know, I mean, in one sense, it was like, 'This is it. This is what we've been — we've been chasing something, now we found it.' And we felt the sense of release and relief. But also, like, 'Oh, my god, what does this mean?'" she explained.
Susan said that Robin was already "losing his ability in his voice," at the time of his death.
A coroner's report stated that Williams had Lewy body dementia, which may have contributed to his decision to commit suicide.
"I mean, there are many reasons," Susan said of Williams' suicide, referring to his increasing health problems. "Believe me. I've thought about this. Of what was going on in his mind, what made him ultimately commit — you know, to do that act. And I think he was just saying, 'No.' And I don't blame him one bit. I don't blame him one bit."
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