Robin Wil­liams’

Fam­ily strikes back after his widow pens a re­veal­ing es­say about the late ac­tor

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She wasn’t afraid to share the most in­ti­mate de­tails about his life. In a new es­say in the med­i­cal jour­nal Neu­rol­ogy, Robin Wil­liams’ widow, Su­san Sch­nei­der, re­veals how Lewy body disease rav­aged the late ac­tor in his fi­nal years. He suf­fered from “con­sti­pa­tion, uri­nary dif­fi­culty, heart­burn, sleep­less­ness and in­som­nia, and a poor sense of smell — and lots of stress,” Su­san, 52, writes. And dur­ing the film­ing of his 2014 movie Night at the Mu­seum 3, Robin, who com­mit­ted sui­cide at age 63, “was hav­ing trou­ble re­mem­ber­ing even one line for his scenes. This loss of mem­ory and in­abil­ity to con­trol his anx­i­ety was dev­as­tat­ing to him.”

Robin’s fam­ily is livid. “There was no rea­son to re­veal ev­ery last de­tail,” a Wil­liams fam­ily source ex­clu­sively tells In Touch. “He was a pri­vate man. He was a great clown, but he kept his ill­ness to him­self.” While Su­san claims she penned the piece to in­spire LBD re­searchers, it comes at a huge cost to Robin. “He never would have agreed to this,” adds the source. “He’s rolling over in his grave right now.”

Su­san also writes that “Robin kept say­ing, ‘I just want to re­boot my brain.’” She added that she be­lieved he “did have hal­lu­ci­na­tions, but was keep­ing that to him­self. … At times, he would find him­self stuck in a frozen stance, un­able to move, and frus­trated when he came out of it. His loss of ba­sic rea­son­ing just added to his grow­ing con­fu­sion.”

It’s a cruel be­trayal. “Robin was pri­vate about his slipups,” says the fam­ily source. “He was get­ting more and more con­fused, an­gry and frus­trated when he’d have a for­get­ful mo­ment, but he wouldn’t want that out there. In the end, the only way he found peace was by shut­ting his brain off per­ma­nently. It was the only op­tion he thought he had.”

This isn’t the first time Su­san has clashed with Robin’s fam­ily. In Oc­to­ber 2015, the Patch Adams star’s kids, Zak, 33, Zelda, 27, and Cody, 24, set­tled a vi­cious 10-month le­gal bat­tle over their dad’s $100 mil­lion es­tate after Su­san chal­lenged many of his spe­cific last wishes. Shortly after, his wife of nearly three years went on a talk show blitz drop­ping bomb­shell anec­dotes about how se­verely Robin had de­gen­er­ated be­fore his death. “She’s a sell­out who hurt his mem­ory,” says the source. “She likes be­ing thought of as a spokesper­son for Robin’s ill­ness.”

They want it to stop. “She’s hurt­ing his fam­ily when she writes su­per-pri­vate things about Robin. Doesn’t she know how much it up­sets his chil­dren, how painful it is to read that?” says the fam­ily source. “He never would have wanted it to be this way.” ◼

HURT­FUL WORDS “Robin would be sick if he read what she wrote,” a fam­ily source says of Su­san. “She ex­ploited ev­ery­thing he asked her not to.”

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