Wife of Robin Williams: He Had Parkinson's Disease

By: CBS News / AP
By: CBS News / AP
The wife of Robin Williams says he was in the stages of Parkinson

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Aug. 14, 2014

CBS News / AP - The wife of Robin Williams says he was in the stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide.

In a statement Thursday, Susan Schneider said that Williams was struggling with depression, anxiety and the early stages of Parkinson's when he was found dead earlier this week.

She said, "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."

The wife of the actor-comedian said he was not ready to share his Parkinson's diagnosis publicly.

Williams died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide by hanging at his San Francisco Bay Area home.

Authorities will continue to investigate his death and said that toxicology test results won't be completed for two to six weeks. Once those are in, another press conference will be held. It's unclear if Williams left a note.


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