Robin Williams Was Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease
Late actor's wife reveals that he was in early stages of degenerative disorder...
Robin Williams had been diagnosed as suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease, it has emerged.
The late actor's wife Susan Schneider released a statement late yesterday, revealing that the 63-year-old had been told by doctors that he had the degenerative disorder - but had not felt able to go public with it.
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She said: "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."
And Schneider, who had been married to Williams for three years, went on to pay tribute to her husband.
"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."
Micheal J Fox, the star of Back To The Future who has famously suffered from Parkinson's for many years, commented on the revelation on Twitter.
He wrote: "Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace."