Robin Williams Abandoned by Wife Susan Schneider In His Suicidal Hanging Depression or A Victim Of His Own Self-Imposed Isolation?

Robin Williams Abandoned by Wife Susan Schneider In His Suicidal Hanging Depression or A Victim Of His Own Self-Imposed Isolation?

We all know that although Robin Williams is dead and hanged himself in a shocking suicide he was no stranger when it came to struggling with the dark side. He spoke very openly about his battles with addiction and depression and that honesty is part of what made him so endearing. Rather then keeping himself on the kind of pedestal that most great actors are ultimately placed on Robin preferred to have his feet on the ground. He also understood that connection was everything while laughter was some of the best medicine. While fans loved the actor for his work, they loved Robin for his humanity.

It was a shock to learn that Robin’s marriage to Marsha Garces had imploded back in 2008 and he always was more than willing to take the blame. He quickly shifted into a romance with a graphic designer named Susan Schneider that he eventually married in 2011. Susan was credited with helping to nurse Robin through his heart surgery and by all accounts the couple lived a quiet, sober life together for a few years.

Rumblings of trouble started earlier this year and we had heard that Robin was in a bit of financial trouble and had hoped that his new comedy series with Sarah Michelle Gellar would take off – it didn’t. By July Robin had voluntarily checked himself into rehab again for a self described “tune up”. That term is becoming a bit more common amongst celebs with well established addiction issues. Rather than expose just how far they have fallen they’ll often make it sound like a pre-emptive move to stay on the right path.

Obviously, Robin didn’t leave rehab in a better space than he was in upon admission, right? If he was so severely depressed then why was he released in the first place and if he was actively living with Susan in caring relationship then how was he alone for 14 hours? The answer here may be as simple as Robin himself locking the world out, including his wife and it would be a move that ended in deadly consequences. The poor family was standing on the fine line of needing to actively do everything in their power to keep Robin safe versus the cold reality that if someone wants to put an end to their own life, they will find a way to do it.

But here’s the thing, Robin is now confirmed to have hanged himself. That is an act of anger and spite. He left no note according to TMZ and was simply found hanging in the main house. This wasn’t a man that wrote a note apologizing to his family and professing his love for them. Instead he just acted or reacted to something. He was last seen alive at 10 pm and was able to successfully hang himself which leads me to wonder where Susan was and if a fight led her to storm out of the house. There had been whispers of trouble within the couples’ marriage in recent months and we have to wonder if this new kind of pain was what catapulted Robin into the darkest depression of all. People that were around him at the time of his rehab stint now say that they believed that he was too far gone last month to be saved. Sadly, they were right.

Do you think that Robin was actually as alone as he felt in his final weeks or was his loneliness the result of his own downward spiral? Were problems within his marriage the cause of an internal pain that even he couldn’t handle? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Robin with much younger wife Susan Schneider

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  • Dee

    I too think the wife should be investigated. It’s really strange that there was no suicide note, the police had (and made public) every little detail of the death scene, now she comes out with Robin’s supposed Parkinson’s disease. I think she’s trying to take the heat off of herself. It sounds to me as if she was a gold digger who stayed out of the lime light so she wouldn’t be exposed, and when his money ran out, she turned cold.

    • LeaveTheDogsAlone

      You are right.

  • Dj

    My first thought was “the wife staged it” something doesn’t sit right. My condolences to his kids :(

    • LeaveTheDogsAlone

      Funny, that was my gut reaction. She was too ‘pat’ in her answers and responses…and, a loving caring so called ‘best friend’ doesn’t leave such a sick (as she claims, I think she lies) person alone for over 12 hrs.

  • Dj

    Suicide is not a selfish act. If it really is suicide he was probably thinking that he was a burden to them and they would be better off without him. I know because I have had these thoughts. Thankfully I expressed them to my husband several years ago and he helped me through. Sometimes i still have these thoughts but I now have 2 very young children who need me and are my reason to fight the darkness.

  • Dj

    I get the not sleeping together (who knows maybe one of them snored too badly!) but I don’t get the not checking on him, multiple times during that time frame. My dad slept in a separate room from my mom the last couple years he was alive and my mom checked on him multiple times a night. He had heart failure and she’d check to make sure he was breathing. I check on my husband if we end up sleeping separately for some reason as well. If I wake and he’s not in our bed (I snore sometimes ) I go looking for him.

  • Kathy

    Maybe, just maybe, if the public doesn’t let suspicions get swept under the rug, the Marin County Sheriff’s Department will take the investigation seriously. Did you know that the very next day, Susan had his body cremated? That little tidbit didn’t get released for 10 days! Way to avoid an autopsy. And although I didn’t know the man at all, I could easily imagine him 1. donating any of his healthy organs and 2. wanting to give his children a place to physically visit. In other words, a genuine “final resting place” (Susan’s words) – as opposed to having his ashes scattered in the San Francisco Bay, for Pete’s sake. And she can’t wait to sell the house (that belonged to Robin’s mother)? Come on. As his wife, she had a legal and moral responsibility to keep his best interest at heart – to exercise a standard level of care. ESPECIALLY when it’s been reported that he was sleeping 18 hours a day and even told her that he had lost his will to live. She should be charged with Criminally Negligent Manslaughter.

    • Tammy Howden

      here here it just seems to suspect to me always thought that especially having his body cremated the next day whats that all about

    • LeaveTheDogsAlone

      Yup. Hope Marin Co. Medical Examiner is reading this….

  • Kathy

    Useless platitudes. You clearly know nothing about Major Depressive Disorder, a.k.a. clinical (i.e. medical) depression. Please don’t even think of becoming a psychologist or psychiatrist.

  • Kathy

    Whenever I’d try to watch The Crazy Ones, it just seemed to me that RW was desperate, on a tight leash and lacked the enthusiasm, passion and joy he clearly felt during previous projects.

    • LeaveTheDogsAlone

      Likely because he was trapped in an unhappy marriage with a gold digger black widow, and knew it.

  • Robins Friend

    What exactly is the point of trying to find someone to blame for the death of Robin Williams? And what is the point of heaping blame on him (as some have done)? Can’t people see that it is a tragedy all the way around? I’m sure that one thing RW was not thinking about was what people would be saying on a web site like this one. If you really loved Robin, sign the on line petition to have the Waldo tunnel in Marin re-named for him.

  • Kathy Williams

    We don’t know if he was on any medication.

    Just my opinion, but the only family member who seemed truly upset by RW’s death was his half-brother, McLaurin… No prepared statements to the press; no cutesy comments on social media. Only that he didn’t want to talk about it, and that Robin meant a lot to him. Now THAT is how you mourn in private.

  • Tammy Howden

    im 100% behind you

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    No I don’t love susan. What’s to love? She sure wasn’t there for Robin in any way shape or form. To leave someone she claims is so ill with NO ONE and no phone call for over 12 hours! There is no excuse in the world I will buy from this horrid woman. She is a black widow.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    I think so, too.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    There are a lot of folks who think there is something wrong here. Robin would NEVER do such a thing to himself. It was not in his nature.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    Totally agree. Should we all call the medical examiner in Marin County, California and express our outrage? Suggest to them that they have police do some checking, fingerprints, etc on this ‘loving’ 3rd wife?

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    And you have NO EVIDENCE to support that she was a loving, long suffering wife. The actions of #3 wife speak volumes. You simply do not leave someone alone that long w/o checking…if she was too busy to do so she could certainly have hired someone. She was NOT loving, nor was she supportive.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    Oh? then why did he turn down a $600,000 offer for a gig in Vegas recently? Look up the article and see the document offering the gig on TMZ.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    OMG, do you really think his family is reading this? I really doubt that!

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    Robin was too kind of a person to leave such a legacy for his children whom he loved. Someone took his life and I will say no more about who I suspect…I think most of you know.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    It’s my gut feeling that Susan was involved in his death. apparently I am not alone.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    Totally agree, Kathy.I think the same thing about her coming up with ‘he had parkinson’s’. Not one person other than her has verified that! But it sure takes the heat off of her. She planned this murder, and it IS murder, for quite some time. I do not believe Robin would have killed himself, he loved his kids too much and would not leave such a legacy. She is deflecting suspicion by lying…he did not have parkinsons and if he was so depressed, why wasn’t he in hosp or have a 24/7 live in nurse? If he was so fragile, even if he didn’t want a live in,if he were my hubby he would have gotten one anyway. Also I would never leave anyone alone for so long, then claim he was my ‘best friend’ and i was’ utterly heartbroken’. She is full of BULL.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    They were not in the same area of the huge 6500 sq ft mansion. Susan was at the total opposite end of this house. Loving wife, my ass.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    Not enough to kill himself. He had lived for 63 years, through two divorces, heart surgery…he’s going to kill himself over a show being cancelled? Oh wait, no, it was because of Parkinsons!! Oh, no wait,! It was finances!! Susan. Is. A. Liar.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    Right on.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    A fragile, physically fragile person would not have the strength to hang himself. Remember, it was claimed by #3 wife that he barely could get out of bed and slept 18 hrs a day….I find this whole thing very fishy and susan is not believable.

  • LeaveTheDogsAlone

    Agree.

  • Lanikai

    Erotic asphyxiation
    Was the cause of death.
    Read about it…. He didn’t commit suicide it was much sadder than that..

  • Evs5912

    Not one of the comments below actually addresses mental illness. That is what killed Robin Williams. It does not matter if she checked on him that morning or not, he was already deceased. It is easy to point fingers & want to lay blame when one is hurt & in pain. Robin was ill & desperately needed help. He could not have done what he did if he was still capable of rational thought. He never gave me any reason to believe he was anything but kind & generous to a fault. Sadly people who suffer the agony of depression are also prone to taking their own lives at times. Please stop speculating about things you really know nothing about. It helps no one.