Robin Williams, the beloved funnyman who hung himself in his Northern California home on Monday, was battling the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. This according to his widow, graphic designer Susan Schneider.
In a public statement released by Schneider on Thursday, she reveals that, in addition to depression and anxiety, Williams was battling the early stages Parkinson’s Disease.
“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.”
Schneider added that despite a decades-long battle with cocaine and alcohol abuse, she’s certain Robin was sober in the weeks leading up to his death.
“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.”