Magazine article Screen International

Robin Williams Had Early-Stage Parkinson's

Magazine article Screen International

Robin Williams Had Early-Stage Parkinson's

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The actor and comedian who died on Monday in an apparent suicide was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, his wife has revealed.

Susan Schneider announced the development on Thursday (14) in a statement issued through her publicists.

"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," the statement read.

"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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