LA, United States (4E) – In a statement released to the press this afternoon, Robin Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider revealed that the actor, who was found dead from an apparent suicide in his Tiburon, California home, was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.
Although she gave no further details on when Williams was diagnosed, she further mentioned that the actor-comedian continued to struggle with depression.
“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” says Schneider in her statement.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement. Early stages include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, the disease becomes more severe as thinking, behavioral problems and dementia set in. Though depression also comes with the disease, it is not known what stage Williams was at.
The Academy award-winner was found unconscious and not breathing by his assistant last Monday from apparent suicide due to asphyxia due to hanging.