Robin Williams was found dead earlier this week and, as the world continues to mourn, new information regarding his state of health continues to emerge. In a new statement released by his wife, Susan Schneider, she confirms that, alongside depression, he was also suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. In the press release, she notes that her late husband was not ready to disclose this information to the world. She also adds that his sobriety was intact.
She says, “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.”
The loss of Robin Williams was felt across the world and many fans who’d never met the man truly felt like they’d lost someone special in their lives. He was a great actor, responsible for many of the world’s most beloved characters, and a cherished comedian.
Susan Schneider’s statement has been reproduced in full below. Please consider giving it a read and be sure to keep her words in mind when reading future articles about the actor’s untimely death.
“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.”
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