Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ Widow, Reveals the Actor had Parkinson’s Disease

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Actor Robin Williams arrives at singer-songwriter Elton John's 60th birthday party in New York March 24, 2007. Eric Thayer/Reuters

Since Robin Williams’ untimely passing on Monday, thousands have been sharing tributes, love and memories. Today, Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider, revealed in a statement that the late actor had been suffering from early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, but hadn't wanted to share the news with his fans yet.

Williams, who grappled with addiction throughout his life, died in his California home on Monday with his “sobriety intact,” Schneider said.

“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,” she said. “Robin wanted us to laugh and feel less afraid.”

The versatile actor and comedian is survived by Schneider and his three children, Zelda, Zak and Cody Williams.

Schneider's full statement is below: 

“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.”

 

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