Robin Williams was in early stages of Parkinson’s, wife reveals
(Aug. 14, 2014) – Actor and comedian Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, his wife revealed Thursday.
In a statement sent to the media, Susan Schneider said the Oscar-winning actor, who was found dead Monday from an apparent suicide, wasn’t ready to reveal his struggle with Parkinson’s publicly. Williams battled depression and addiction throughout his life. He’d been in rehab before his death, Scheider said.
Here’s her full statement:
“Robin spent so much of his life helping others. 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.
“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.
“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.”