Michael J. Fox reacts to Robin Williams Parkinson's bombshell

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Michael J. Fox Reacts To Robin Williams Parkinson's Bombshell

Veteran actor Michael J Fox says he's stunned over the news that the late Robin Williams was dealing with the early stages of Parkinson's when he committed suicide.

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Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: (L-R) Michael J. Fox, Robin Williams and Jennifer Grey pose backstage at the hit play 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on April 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: (L-R) Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox, Robin Williams, Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg pose backstage at the hit play 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on April 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Full statement from Robin Williams’ wife Susan Schneider. Includes Parkinson’s reveal. So sad. http://t.co/cWRASsLflF
Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox and guest during 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's...' Benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - 2004 - Audience & Backstage at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, Marsha Garces Williams and husband Robin Williams (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)
In this Sept. 16, 2013 file photo, actor Michael J. Fox attends the NBC 2013 Fall season launch party hosted by Vanity Fair at Le Bain, in New York. The Nielsen company said Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, that Robin Williams’ new CBS comedy, “The Crazy Ones,” debuted before 15.6 million people on Thursday night. It competed directly at 9 p.m. Eastern with “The Michael J. Fox” on NBC, which was seen by 7.2 million people. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this July 29, 2013 file photo, actor Robin Williams participates in the "The Crazy Ones" panel at the 2013 CBS Summer TCA Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Nielsen company said Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, that Williams’ new CBS comedy, “The Crazy Ones,” debuted before 15.6 million people on Thursday night. It competed directly at 9 p.m. Eastern with “The Michael J. Fox” on NBC, which was seen by 7.2 million people. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: A makeshift memorial for Robin Williams seen in front of Carolines on Broadway comedy club on August 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: People gather near a makeshift memorial for Robin Williams in front of Carolines on Broadway comedy club on August 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
A note left at a makeshift memorial to actor/comedian Robin Williams, at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 12, 2014, in Hollywood, California. Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life at his Marin County home August 11 following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the funniest man alive. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Passersby stop to look at a flowers, letters and other momentos at a memorial to Robin Williams, at Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 12, 2014, in Hollywood, California. Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life at his Marin County home August 11 following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the funniest man alive. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A note left at a makeshift memorial to actor/comedian Robin Williams, at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, August 12, 2014, in Hollywood, California. Tributes poured in Tuesday for Robin Williams after the Oscar-winning actor and comedian apparently took his own life at his Marin County home August 11 following a battle with severe depression. Williams, 63, known for high-energy, rapid-fire improvisation and clowning, was one of the most beloved entertainers of his time. One publication called him the funniest man alive. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 12: Flowers and pictures that are part of a growing memorial sit on the steps in front of the home where actor and comedian Robin Williams filmed the movie Mrs. Doubtfire on August 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Academy Award winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Marin County home on Monday of an apparent suicide. He was 63 years old. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 11: Angie Campbell of Boulder, Co. takes in a makeshift memorial for Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for 'Mork & Mindy,' the comedy based in Boulder that catapulted Williams' career. Williams, 63, died at his Northern California home Monday in a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement officials. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 11: Heather Devlin of Falls Church, Va. places flowers at a makeshift memorial for Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for 'Mork & Mindy,' the comedy based in Boulder that catapulted Williams' career. Williams, 63, died at his Northern California home Monday in a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement officials. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 11: Passersby take in the makeshift memorial for Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for 'Mork & Mindy,' the comedy based in Boulder that catapulted Williams' career. Williams, 63, died at his Northern California home Monday in a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement officials. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 11: Passersby take in the makeshift memorial for Robin Williams on August 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for 'Mork & Mindy,' the comedy based in Boulder that catapulted Williams' career. Williams, 63, died at his Northern California home Monday in a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement officials. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
BOULDER, CO - AUGUST 11: A makeshift memorial for Robin Williams is set up in front of a home on August 11, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado. The exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for 'Mork & Mindy,' the comedy based in Boulder that catapulted Williams' career. Williams, 63, died at his Northern California home Monday in a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement officials. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
A photo of the late actor Robin Williams playing Mork from Ork hangs with flowers and notes left by people paying their respects, at a makeshift memorial in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014, outside the home where the 80s TV series Mork & Mindy, starring Williams, was set. Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday, Aug. 11, in an apparent suicide. He was 63. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
CAPTION CORRECTS DATE - Festival goers pay tribute to the late actor Robin Williams, who died Monday, Aug. 11, at a makeshift memorial at the 22nd Sziget (Island) Festival on the Shipyard Island in Northern Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/MTI, Janos Marjai)
Women write messages with chalk near a bench at Boston's Public Garden, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, where a small memorial has sprung up at the place where Robin Williams filmed a scene during the movie, "Good Will Hunting." Williams, 63, died at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday in an apparent suicide. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
A sign and a flower are affixed to the front gate at a makeshift memorial outside the home where the 80s TV series Mork & Mindy, starring the late Robin Williams, was set, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014. Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday, Aug. 11 in an apparent suicide. He was 63. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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After news broke that legendary comedian Robin Williams took his own life this week, his wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement revealing the her husband was struggling with Parkinson's.

On August 11, Williams was found unresponsive by an assistant in his home in Northern California. According to authorities the comedian hanged himself with a belt in his bedroom. Reps for Williams say the late actor was suffering from depression.

In response to the statement made by Susan Schneider actor Michael J Fox took to twitter.

'Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace.'

Michael J Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and lived with the illness in secret until he publicly revealed his diagnosis in 1998. He too a break from acting in 2000 after his symptoms worsened. That same year he created The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research which is the largest not for profit funder of Parkinson's drug development in the world -- so far granting $450 million for research.

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“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

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“Comedy is acting out optimism.”

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“You have this idea that you’d better keep working otherwise people will forget. And that was dangerous.”

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“See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.”

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“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone, it’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone.”

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“We’ve had cloning in the South for years. It’s called cousins.”

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“If I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, “once more unto the breach dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms “visiting hours” don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you… I don’t see an intelligent, confident man… I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you’re a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart.” (From Good Will Hunting)

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“Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.”

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“You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.” (From August Rush)

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“We were romantics. We didn’t just read poetry. We let it drip from our tongues like honey. Spirits soared. Women swooned, and gods were created, gentlemen. Not a bad way to spend an evening, eh?” (From Dead Poet’s Society)

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“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it? Carpe—hear it? Carpe, carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” (From Dead Poet’s Society)

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“Okra is the closest thing to nylon I’ve ever eaten. It’s like they bred cotton with a green bean. Okra, tastes like snot. The more you cook it, the more it turns into string.”

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“All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, beekeepers, sword swallowers, all of us. All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home.” (From Patch Adams)

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“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I’ll guarantee you’ll win.” (From Patch Adams)

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“Do you think God gets stoned? I think so … look at the platypus.”

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“The Moon… It hangs like a testicle in the sky…”

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“I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be.”

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“Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding’.”

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"What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong."

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“Death is nature’s way of saying, ‘your table is ready.’”

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Andre Agassi & Robin Williams during Andre Agassi's 6th Grand Slam for Children Fundraiser - Press Conference at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Robin Williams & Stevie Wonder (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
ST. PAUL, MN - AUGUST 4: Comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal talk with reporters on the red carpet before the 2012 Starkey Hearing Foundation's 'So the World May Hear Awards Gala on August 4, 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation)
Actors Robin Williams and Billy Crystal enjoy themselves while taping a promotional TV spot for FOX Sports before the San Francisco Giants 13-inning 6-5 defeat of the New York Yankees at AT&T Park June 23, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by John Medina/WireImage)
** FILE ** In this April 6, 2008 file photo, Robin Williams, left, and Ryan Seacrest embrace on stage at the "Idol Gives Back" fundraising special of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
Robin Williams get a kiss from Yani Begakis, a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, while posing backstage with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment during the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Bonnie Hunt, left, and Robin Williams pose as they arrive for a ceremony at which Steve Martin received the 19th annual American Cinematheque award for career achievement, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Friday, Nov. 12, 2004. (AP Photo/Ann Johansson)
Actor Robin Williams, left, shares a light moment with fellow actor Billy Crystal prior to the 18th annual American Museum of the Moving Image benefit in New York Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003. The museum honored Crystal for propelling the medium of the moving image and having a profound effect on the industry. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin)
Actors Robin Williams, right, and Jack Nicholson joke at the Broadcast Film Critics Association 8th Annual Critics Choice Awards, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Friday, Jan. 17, 2003. Nicholson won Best Actor for his role in "About Schmidt," jointly with Daniel Day-Lewis and Williams was runner-up in the category for "One Hour Photo." (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson)
Overall leader Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas, left, and U.S. actor Robin Williams pose for the photographers prior to the start of the 12th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Lannemezan and Plateau de Beille, southwestern France, Friday July 19, 2002. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Overall leader Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas, left, and U.S. actor Robin Williams, greet each other prior to the start of the 12th stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Lannemezan and Plateau de Beille, southwestern France, Friday July 19, 2002. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Robin Williams, left, and Christopher Reeve, attempt to hail a taxicab in New York City on Feb. 9, 1981. Williams went to see Reeve, who is appearing in the play "The Fifth of July", backstage after his performance Friday night. (AP Photo/Steve Sands)
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams arrive at the CBS, CW and Showtime TCA party at The Beverly Hilton on Monday, July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 14: HAPPY DAYS - 'Mork Returns' 3/6/79 Henry Winkler, Robin Williams (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 20: 'Sydney, Australia' -- An infatuated ex-co-worker of Sydney's (Josh Groban, left) writes a stalker-ish song about her while Simon (Robin Williams, right) struggles with a pitch for the Australian Tourism Board, on THE CRAZY ONES, Thurs. Nov. 7 (9:01 - 9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: 'Sixteen-Inch Softball' -- Brad Garrett (left) and Robin Williams (right) on location for THE CRAZY ONES which airs on Thursdays (9:01 - 9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 23: Actors Robin Williams (L) and Cheryl Hines pose at the premiere of Columbia Picture's 'RV' at the Village Theater on April 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Reunited and it feels so good. My long time friend and stand-in, Adam Bryant aka Sal Biagini.@thecrazyonescbs

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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) -- Episode 4513 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Robin Williams talks with host Jay Leno during a commerical break on August 8, 2013 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Getting ready for The Tonight Show with The Man, @jayleno. Jay got me my first paying stand-up job.

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