Robin Williams' Wife Reveals He Was In The Early Stages Of Parkinson's Disease
Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease prior to his death, according to his wife Susan Schneider.
The actor died from an apparent suicide on Monday, and his wife insists that neither addiction nor money problems were responsible for his passing.
She said in a 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."
Williams' death has affected millions of his fans, both famous and not. Social media websites have been flooded with tributes to the actor/comedian as people try to internalize his passing.
Disney chairman Robert Iger issued a statement saying in part: "An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world's favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC's Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disney's Aladdin. He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed."