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Robin Williams' wife says he had Parkinson's disease


Robin Williams' widow has disclosed the late superstar was suffering from Parkinson's disease when he took his own life earlier this week.

Susan Schneider's first public words after the sudden death of her 63-year-old actor husband came in a shocking Thursday statement, which confirmed he was still sober, but also made the previously unknown disclosure.

'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's words sent shockwaves around the world as people were stunned to learn of the possible motivation Williams may have had for hanging himself Monday. They were first reported by The Wrap's Jordan Zakarin.
"Robin spent so much of his life helping others," said Schneider. "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 feel less afraid."

The grieving woman graciously thanked her husband's millions of fans for their "tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration.

"His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly those fighting personal battles."

The statement came only one day after Williams daughter Zelda quit Twitter after extreme harassment from thousands of people in the days following her father's suicide.

Though no one will ever know exactly what Williams was thinking when he ended his life, this statement offered perhaps a glimpse into his final days.

"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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Marianne Ditmar-Flyn August 14 2014 at 3:00 PM

Unless you absolutely know what was in his mind, please keep your judgments to yourselves. Don't be selfish and try and taint his memory. Only when you walk in another's shoes can you do that. Rest in peace dear Robin and thank you for all the fantastic memories and laughs.

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pmrspnj2 August 14 2014 at 3:03 PM


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vendelavee August 14 2014 at 2:59 PM

The statement came only one day after Williams daughter Zelda quit Twitter after extreme harassment from thousands of people in the days following her father's suicide.

OBVIOUSLY these people were mean, cold hearted, ignorant and sick Right Wingers calling Williams weak and a coward.

May those people all rot in hell.

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Brigitte August 14 2014 at 3:13 PM

Add a comment...It truly is a sad world when thousands of people think it is right to harass someone who just lost a loved one. WTH is wrong with people? Until you have personally gone through whatever he went through; then and only then can you comment on what a coward you think he was. Have some dang compassion. Stop trying to say what he would or wouldn't like, you don't know!

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daleincharlotte August 14 2014 at 2:55 PM

May his soul be at peace in the light of Jesus' face -

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karebear1952 August 14 2014 at 3:00 PM

I just feel so bad for all involved. Every time I read something new I'm on the verge of tears. Yes, he killed himself. He had to have felt he had no recourse. I'm only religious to the point that I feel there has to be a divine entity. Because of this entity is why we all have fear of repercussions from us being "bad". Robin was not bad. He was damaged. If there is a heaven, I hope he's there, suicide or not.

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lafeef August 14 2014 at 2:54 PM

He still should've chosen to live for his wife and children. I loved his acting but suicide is very selfish.

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jnel713 August 14 2014 at 2:55 PM

People have dealt with worse illnesses and not killed themselves.

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bphylmel August 14 2014 at 3:04 PM

Look at Michael J. Fox and how he is dealing with Parkinson's. Fox chose to use his disease to help others who suffer from Parkinson's. What Robin Williams did was extremely selfish, to put his family through dealing with his suicide. he suffered from depression, but he had the money to deal with all of his illnesses, many American's still have no health insurance and cannot go into rehab for depression, or the Cleveland Clinic for heart surgery. I don't understand the media making him out to be such a saint.

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schlauger1 August 14 2014 at 2:56 PM

The battles never end when you are a human being. Sometimes it's too much, even when you have all other things going for you. I know the scenario well.

Now, it's enough about him.

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