Robin Williams' Wife Says the Actor Had Been Diagnosed with Early Parkinson's, Urges Those Fighting "Personal Battles" to Seek Care

By LizRaftery

Aug 14, 2014

Robin Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement Thursday revealing that the actor was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease when he committed suicide earlier this week. She also laid to rest rumors that Williams, who'd previously struggled with addictions to drugs and alcohol, had relapsed prior to his death.

"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," Schneider said in her statement.

After Williams, 63, hanged himself at his home Monday, his publicist said in a statement that he had been struggling with "severe depression" in recent months. Earlier this year, he had checked back into rehab in order to maintain his sober lifestyle.

"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," Schneider said in her statement. "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."

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  • current Aug 15, 2014

    Michael j. Fox will be kicking himself at this news.

  • Raccoon1459 Aug 15, 2014

    Robin Williams' death and Parkinson's. What a sad week this has been.

  • TVFangirl84 Aug 15, 2014

    I feel like I lost a childhood friend, and makes me want to cry every time we get at update on Robin Williams. :*(

  • Akyriel Aug 14, 2014

    Must be tough for Letterman and Ferguson to be on vacation this week with all others doing tributes to him. I think Kimmel is off too. They are going to seem a bit late to the memorial when they come back. I note that not currently knowing if they have made any statements or social media responses though.

  • printphi Aug 14, 2014

    Here's some good news that Rachel Maddow presented the other night to cheer us up: http://on.msnbc.com/1q7uWs4

  • DSniner Aug 14, 2014

    This news makes me even sadder.I couldn't even begin to imagine what Mr.Williams was going through.It's been one sad week,let's hope next week brings us good news for a change.

  • okaucheeGirl Aug 14, 2014

    Some people leave this world too soon. They may not be world leaders in the usual sense, but are gifted in ways that make them absolutely unique. There is an dark, empty place where they used to shine. They are not forgotten.

    Jim Henson - I still miss you. And Philip Seymour Hoffman. And now Robin Williams.

    They did magical things that made me laugh, cry, experience childhood again, think about my fellow man. NO SMALL THING. If only I could say "Thank You for BEING. I wish you could have stayed with us a long, long time."

    Maybe they can hear us. I hope their families know how much they were loved. May all find comfort.

  • DivinePearl Aug 14, 2014

    I still can't get over the news that Robin Williams is dead. But rather than say 'R.I.P', I'll steal someone else's sentiment instead: Bangarang, Mr. Williams. May you find Neverland.