Robin Williams had 'early stages of Parkinson's disease', wife reveals in new statement

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Robin William's wife, Susan Schneider, has just released a second statement on her husband's death... in it she reveals the actor/comedian legend was struggling with anxiety, depression and also was going through the first stages of Parkinson's Disease. Something he wasn't ready to reveal publically yet.

Here's the full, just released, statement from Susan Schneider:

"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."

If you are concerned about your own emotional wellbeing, are experiencing a personal crisis or are concerned about someone else, contact Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or at lifeline.org.nz


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