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Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease, wife says

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. — Robin Williams was struggling with early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he died, his wife said Thursday. The actor’s “sobriety was intact,” she said.

Williams was found dead in his California home on Monday, Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide. He was 63.

Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, released the following statement Thursday:



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  • Mitch

    And Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at 30. He has gone on to become a champion for Parkinson research. He was a baby by Parkinson’s standards and I’m sure has fought depression demons, but thank goodness he has fought on. HE is MY hero.
    Robin Williams was a genius funnyman with deep dark problems. What he did deserves is no excuses. To take one’s life and leave others to suffer the consequences is the ultimate selfish act. I truly feel for his children and his wife. They are wracking their minds to find the answer to, Why?
    To criticize the coroner for releasing the details of his death is ridiculous. Suicide is not pretty and very seldom pleasant on the person who has decided that this is their only way out. It is a violent act that devastates families. The person who gets the pleasure of finding the suicide is NEVER the same. They live with that image for the rest of their lives.
    To make excuses for Robin Williams, and yes, I loved him, too, does no one any good who is currently considering taking their life. We are all shocked and surprised that this good man committed one of life’s ultimate evils.
    Robin Williams was loved, gifted, brilliant, had opportunities that few others have been lucky enough to enjoy and tortured. Committing suicide is THE DUMBEST THING HE EVER DID!!!

  • Debbie C.

    we cannot judge, only God does that and he stood before him, fortunes in life does not make things better, we don’t know and did not walk in his shoe, so to judge is also wrong, RIP Robin

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