BREAKING NEWS: ROBIN WILLIAMS’ WIFE SAYS ACTOR HAD PARKINSON’S DISEASE

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From the Hollywood Reporter:

Robin Williams Had ‘Early Stages of Parkinson’s Disease,’ Wife Says

Susan Schneider, the wife of Robin Williams, has disclosed that her late husband had early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death earlier this week.

Williams, 63, died of a suspected suicide at his Tiburon, Calif. home on Aug. 11, local authorities said. The beloved comedian and actor had been candid about his battles with substance abuse through the years. In early July, the actor’s publicist confirmed to THRthat he had checked himself in to a renewal center.

Schneider’s full statement on Thursday:

“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.

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