I am a witness to it in my own mother.
And in the week before his death on Aug. 11, Williams stuck to many of his familiar routines. On Aug. 5, he and his wife, Susan Schneider, had dinner at one of their favorite local spots, Joe's Taco Lounge in Mill Valley, before attending the Mark Pitta & Friends comedy show at the Throckmorton Theatre, where the couple stopped by most Tuesday nights.
"He looked fine, just like he always does," Julian Kaelon, director of marketing at the Throckmorton, tells PEOPLE. "He was the same bubbly, fun, kind-hearted guy he always was. He came up to the concession and bought his regular Coca-Cola. He always insisted on paying and would never allow us to give him anything for free."
"He would ride his bike Tuesday nights to the theater, and he loved going into the small green room and imparting words of wisdom about the art of comedy, or the business," adds Kaelon. "He encouraged the next generation of comedians to find their voice. He told them a lot of comedians don't get out of the standard joke box, but they needed to grow and not be complacent."
On Aug. 10 – just one day before his death – the star kept his Sunday morning date with legendary comic Mort Sahl, 87, at The Depot Bookstore & Cafe.
Johnny Steele, a local comic and cycling buddy, told The San Francisco Chronicle that in recent months Williams had seemed frail and Steele "worried that he was not well ... I had started to get concerned that he had some physical malady, not telling anyone."
But during their most recent bike ride a week ago, "he kicked my ass ... which made me even more alarmed," Steele said, adding that he also seemed "sort of distant."
The fact that Williams gave little outward indication that something was gravely wrong in the days before taking his own life is "a common phenomenon, and a frustrating one," says Dr. Jay P. Singh, a Washington, D.C.-based expert on suicide and mental illness.
"Unfortunately, when it comes to disorders like depression, it's a silent scourge. It's such a quiet disorder," says Dr. Singh. "There is a good amount of research as well as anecdotal evidence that shows right before a suicide occurs is the time period when individuals judged by mental health professionals are seen as being at low risk of suicide.
"A number of people over the last few days have questioned the last things [Williams] did, or shouldn’t his wife have picked up on something. At the end of the day, it's exceedingly difficult to pick up on signs and symptoms that place someone at imminent risk."
Williams was not diagnosed with the disease however until his autopsy
The Williams children say she is seeking more than what was discussed as part of the trustee agreement. In documents filed last week in San Francisco Superior Court, they said that Schneider Williams was “seeking to increase her share of the trust assets at the expense of the Williams children.”
But the Williams children say in the documents that the trustees already determined the personal property belongs to them. They say that Schneider Williams has “erroneously asserted to the media” and in documents that they are receiving a majority of assets in the estate.
“In fact, about half of the trust's net assets will be placed in Susan's trust for her benefit for her lifetime, while at her death, her two children and the three Williams children will share the remainder of those assets, if any, one-fifth each,” they say in the documents.
She also allegedly wanted Williams' kids out of his life so she could have absolute control. "Robin was aware of this," pointed out the source to Radar of Williams, who was suffering through the early stages of Parkinson's disease. "And unfortunately, his health was what led him to fear that he would ultimately be under the control of someone he didn't trust."
According to the documents, Schneider Williams says that trustees overseeing the estate have calculated the value of the property and its associated expenses — which she would be responsible for. but have not explained how they came up with those numbers
Schneider Williams has said that she hasn't received any income from a trust Williams created for her to pay for her cost of living, and that some personal items of sentimental value are under dispute.
Robin's California home was left to Susan, while his will also stated that she got expenses to maintain it.
In the court documents filed earlier this year the children said their father, who was 63 when he died, had said on his death they were to receive his Oscar, items from his films memorabilia, action figures, books, theatre masks and other items.
Schneider, who was married to the actor for three years, acknowledged she had no right to items that related to his acting career, including props from Mork and Mindy.
However it was claimed she wanted other items like his dinner suit from their wedding and other "knick knacks".
The main issue revolves around the how much money Susan Williams will receive to keep up the Tiburon, Calif. home they shared, as appraisers will take another stab at valuing the property in the near future after an initial probe
The children also say the trustees have arrived at a figure for a reserve fund for Susan Williams to cover the costs of the Tiburon home, but she wants more.
Susan Williams says the trustees have refused to explain how they calculated the amounts for her reserve fund, which were different from figures she arrived at
RadarOnline.com has learned that Robin Williams‘ widow is hoping to author a tell-all about his life and their relationship!
“She is shopping a book,” a source close to Susan Williams reveals, adding that “publishers have shown interest.
Robin’s children and other family has heard about the book, notes the insider, and they aren’t happy about it.
Is it possible that Robin Williams didn’t slide into the depths of self-absorption and depression? Is it possible that he didn’t take the selfish way out, as some describe suicide? Is it possible that he acted rationally and decided that he simply didn’t want to put his family through the agony of watching his mental capacities steadily decline to the point that he would become an overwhelming burden on them?
Considering the long trail of evidence in Robin Williams’s life, his many charitable acts and devotion to worthy non-profit causes, it seems more than likely that he carefully examined where his life was headed and the suffering he would probably put his family through. Chances of recovery and a resumption of normal life were zero.
Rather than impose that awful experience on others, Williams decided to cut his losses and end it quickly. Yes, there would be pain and anger and tears. But those feelings would be relatively short lived. The suffering of family and friends as they watched him waste away promised to be prolonged and agonizing. Plus, when he eventually would die, there would be all the normal pain and tears of death anyway. Williams simply saved everyone else the trouble of watching it play out over months or years.
Susan received one of Robin’s watches, a bicycle and the artwork in the home Robin willed to her as well as an additional $10,000 per month, the insider reveals to Closer Weekly. The new deal raises her allowance to $35,000 per month.
But the rest of Robin’s collection of bicycles, watches, comic books and other bric-a-brac went to the kids.
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