Robin Williams' wife said in a statement that the actor, who died this week, was in the "early stages of Parkinson's Disease." Susan Schneider wrote that "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 ready to share publicly." The full statement is below:
Robin Williams was in early stages of Parkinson's Disease according to the statement from his wife. pic.twitter.com/7pImax4hTw— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) August 14, 2014
He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there's minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn't help the pain, but at least it's a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.