Comedian Robin Williams had health problems that would have killed him within three years if he had not ended his own life, his widow has said.
In her first interview since the actor died last August, Susan Williams said her husband was “disintegrating before my eyes” in the weeks before his death.
“We were living a nightmare,” she told ABC’s Good Morning America.
He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and had signs of a condition known as dementia with Lewy bodies.
The condition is caused by deposits of an abnormal protein called Lewy bodies inside brain cells, which disrupt the brain’s normal functions.
It can interfere with memory, judgement, movement, concentration and visual perception, according to the NHS.
“If Robin was lucky, he would’ve had maybe three years left,” Mrs Williams said. “And they would’ve been hard years. And it’s a good chance he would’ve been locked up.”