When Robin Williams passed away in 2014, the news naturally devastated movie fans all over the world. And when the comedy icon’s cause of death became public, speculation naturally arose as to what could have compelled him to take his own life. Ultimately, though, Williams’ widow, artist Susan Schneider, revealed a secret that her spouse had hidden from the public. Williams had in fact been in terrible distress – and his final days had been absolutely harrowing.
Williams was of course famous for a manic energy that left his stand-up performances seemingly teetering on chaos. He had a great talent for improvisation, too, which served him well after being cast as Mork in Happy Days – a part for which the star mostly ad-libbed his lines. And thanks to Williams’ sterling performance as the extraterrestrial, he subsequently landed a leading role in beloved sitcom Mork & Mindy. This step into primetime launched the comedian to even greater fame; in 1979 Williams even earned his own Time cover.