Robin Williams was battling the early stages of Parkinson’s
disease when he took his life, his grieving widow revealed today.
In a statement, Susan Schneider said the beloved comedy actor
wasn’t ready to share the diagnosis with the world, and added that
his ‘sobriety was intact’ at the time of his death.
She also said the 63-year-old was also struggling with depression
and anxiety. Authorities said the actor-comedian’s death was
Schneider did not offer details on when Williams had been
diagnosed or his symptoms.
‘His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and
happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting
‘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
‘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.’