Robin Williams’ widow Susan Schneider Williams has penned a poignant essay titled ‘The Terrorist Inside My Husband's Brain’, published in the medical journal Neurology recounting the actor’s “tragic and heartbreaking” final months.
The Oscar-winning actor took his own life in 2014 having suffered from Lewy body disease, a type of degenerative dementia closely associated with Parkinson's disease, which Schneider described as a "terrorist within his brain".
She wrote: "This is a personal story, sadly tragic and heartbreaking, but by sharing this information with you I know that you can help make a difference in the lives of others. As you may know, my husband Robin Williams had the little-known but deadly Lewy body disease (LBD).
"He died from suicide in 2014 at the end of an intense, confusing, and relatively swift persecution at the hand of this disease's symptoms and pathology. He was not alone in his traumatic experience with this neurologic disease."
While filming’ Night At The Museum 3’, "Robin was having trouble remembering even one line for his scenes, while just three years prior he had played in a full five-month season of the Broadway production Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo, often doing two shows a day with hundreds of lines - and not one mistake", she writes.
"This loss of memory and inability to control his anxiety was devastating to him."