Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease, wife says

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. — Robin Williams was struggling with early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died, his wife said Thursday. The actor’s “sobriety was intact,” she said.

Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday, Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, released the following statement 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.

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.

Williams was last seen alive at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, by his wife, when she went to bed, Marin County Assistant Deputy Chief Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd said. He apparently went into a bedroom at an unknown time after that and hung himself. His wife left the home at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, believing him to be asleep.

Williams’ personal assistant, concerned because he wasn’t responding to knocks on his door, entered the room and found him dead at about 11:45 a.m.

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