When Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week, the actor/comedian was sober and in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, according to a statement released Thursday by his widow, Susan Schneider.
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….
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.
Since the Oscar-winner was found dead in his Northern California home Monday, numerous publications have speculated over the motivation for his suicide, everything from career and money troubles to a relapse into drug and alcohol abuse, and clinical depression.
Parkinson’s is an incurable degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system and causes uncontrollable trembling and tremors and balance difficulties.
Robin Williams died of asphyxiation after hanging himself. He was 63.
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