Robin Williams’ wife has revealed that the actor was sober, but battling the early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death.
In a statement released today, William’s wife, Susan Schneider, said that her husband, who was found dead on Monday of an apparent suicide, was not ready to share with the public his Parkinson’s diagnosis.
You can read Schneider’s full statement here 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.”
The 63-year-old actor, who starred in films like Good Will Hunting, Good Morning, Vietnam, Jumanji, and the Night At The Museum series, was found dead in his California home on Monday. At the time of his death, the only details disclosed regarding his personal problems were about his long battle with depression and also concerns about his sobriety, as Williams had had problems with drugs and alcohol in the past.
This statement from his wife about her husband’s health is very revealing and comes on the heels of TMZ‘s publishing of photos of Williams taken on Saturday night of the actor looking thin and frail.