It’s been almost three years since Robin Williams graced this planet with his infectious smile and endless on-screen personalities.
There’s no doubt he was one of the greatest actors, comedians and household names of all time, but what few people know are the more intimate details of his personal life.
He suffered silently for years from a string of mental health issues, including severe depression. It wasn’t until after he died that an autopsy report showed he also suffered from Lewy Body dementia, as well as Parkinson’s disease.
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.”
By the way he was acting that night, Susan thought that perhaps her husband was on his way to getting better…but the acts that followed in next 12 hours prove that grim thoughts of depression and suicide are sometimes tucked away behind the happiest of demeanors.
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.