Robin Williams Had Parkinson's Disease, Wife Reveals in Heartbreaking Statement

Robin Williams

As if the suicide of Robin Williams earlier this week could get any sadder, we're now learning that the acclaimed actor may have been struggling with more than "severe depression." According to the late star's wife, Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease.

Susan Schneider released a statement on Thursday, saying that he had not succumbed to his infamous addiction issues and that his "sobriety was intact" at the time of his death. She said, "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."


How much more heartbreaking can Robin Williams' death get? How many demons was this man battling in his soul? It's all just so sad.

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Parkinson's is progressive and has no cure, although it can be managed somewhat with medication. It's gradual, and sufferers often develop a small tremor, stiffness, or general slowing of movement. Michael J. Fox revealed that he had Parkinson's in 1998, seven years after his diagnosis.

The rest of Schneider's statement read:

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

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.

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.

Are you surprised to hear Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease?


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