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Robin Williams' Wife Says He Was In The Early Stages Of Parkinson's Disease Before He Died

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The more that surfaces about Robin Williams' struggles leading up to his untimely death, the more heartbroken we get.

According to a statement made by Robin' wife, Susan Schneider, the late actor was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease prior to his death.

Here's her full 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.”

This is just so sad to hear. We're at a complete loss for words over how shocked we are that Robin had been facing so many personal battles.

Parkinson's Disease is especially tough. For those not familiar, the disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.

In its earliest stages, symptoms can include involuntary shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty walking. However, in its later stages, the disease can result in dementia, and depression.

Our hearts continue to go out to his family and loved ones during this tough time, and to reiterate Susan's message, if you or someone you know needs help, you're not alone.

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5 comments to “Robin Williams' Wife Says He Was In The Early Stages Of Parkinson's Disease Before He Died”

  1. letterfromheaven says – reply to this


    Thinking of the entire family and the grief, shock and despair they must be feeling now. It is incredibly hard, but it does get easier. Know that many are thinking of them at this difficult time….sincerely, a fan

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  2. Amy says – reply to this


    Is it just me or I cant stop wondering where was the wife? I cant stop thinking this could be avoided if she was just around,,, how she couldnt even noticed… not even the next day? Isnt that weird?? This comes to my mind because RW own words: “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 all alone.” …. so sad and trrrible, Im still heartbreaking. Wish this wasnt happening, and yes, make responsability to the wife, a lot.

  3. 3

    Parkison symptom can be a sideeffect of years of bipolar drugs

  4. 4

    Knew a man who had Parkinson's once, it is not a pleasant disease. Hope Robin finds the peace of mind he was looking for.

  5. bipolarmom says – reply to this


    Re: Amy – I agree with you. why not have him committed to psych ward. Though under care of psychiatrist care, if I get sick my family hides my meds, and puts me on suicide watch as well. His wife failed him.