Wife: Robin Williams diagnosed with early stages of Parkinson’s Disease before death

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Robin Williams, aside from battling depression, was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease prior to his death, his wife Susan Schneider said in a statement to the press on Thursday.

“Robin spent so much of his life helping others,” Schneider started. “Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.”

She went on, “Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.”

Then Schneider revealed, “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.”

“It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid,” she concluded.

Prolific comedic actor Robin Williams, 63, was found dead in his home in California on Monday due to asphyxia from hanging.

Meanwhile, fellow actor Michael J. Fox, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the ’90s, was surprised of Williams’ illness. Following Schneider’s statement, he wrote on Twitter, “Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace.”

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