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.
“"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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